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Fire destroy over 100 shops, goods in Calabar market

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Fire destroy over 100 shops, goods in Calabar market


Goods worth millions of Naira have been destroyed by fire which wreaked havoc on over 100 shops in the popular Marian market in Calabar on Friday.

The fire, which started from one of the shops in the fruit section, spread to other shops and destroyed goods worth millions of Naira including vital properties.

An eye witness, Mr Ojah Ojah, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria at the scene of the event, said that the fire outbreak started around 8 p.m. on Friday.

“The cause of the fire incident started from one of the shops when electricity was supplied to the area. We saw a spark from one of the shops and before we could realise, the fire had extended to other shops.

“We called on the Fire Service but they could not respond on time. It took the Intervention of Nigerian Navy fire truck to help in containing the fire,” he said.

One of the victims, Mrs Eme Bassey, 54, said her water melon worth N300,000 including her shop were all destroyed in the fire outbreak.

Bassey, who told NAN that she usually get her supplies from Makurdi, said she had been rendered “hopeless”.

“Three days ago, I received supply of water melon worth over N500,000 from my major distributor in Makurdi. I usually sell and make payment to him, but this fire outbreak has rendered me hopeless for now.

“I don’t even know where to start because my shop was also burnt to ashes. This is too painful for me to bear under this harsh Covid-19 period,” she said.

Another victim, Mrs Theresa Okon, 48, lamented that the fire outbreak had automatically kept her out of business, adding that the source of her income and business capital had been cut off.

Okon also appealed to the government and relevant agencies, including corporate organisations to come to their aid.

Mr Princewill Ayim, the Director General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), who went for an on-the-spot assessment, sympathised with the affected traders.

Ayim said that preliminary investigations also indicated that the fire outbreak was caused by an electrical fault which spread to other shops.

“We are here to assess the extent of damage and to also document the affected traders with a view to ameliorate their situation, especially at this period of Covid-19 pandemic.

“The state government is very responsive to cases of emergencies like this, I can assure you that something will be done to assist the victims,” he said

Ayim, called on the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to also assist the victims to bounce back to business.

NAN reports that no life was lost in the inferno.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

George Odok: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

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