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Fire Guts Enugu market, Consumes Merchandise Worth Millions

Fire Guts Enugu Market. An early morning fire at Amaigbo Market in Obiagu, a rambling suburb in Enugu, on Friday, has pulverized merchandise worth a huge number of naira.

The Chairman of the market, Mr Emeka Nnajiofor, told Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who paid a sympathy visit to the dealers, that the flame broke out at about 1am.

Nnajiofor said that at least 68 petty traders were affected by the incident, including that the reason for the flame presently couldn’t seem to be discovered.

He said that the greater part of the stalls in the market were completely razed down by the flame.

Fire Guts Enugu market
Fire Guts Enugu market

Mrs Nkechi Eneh, the Executive Secretary, Enugu State Emergency Management Agency, said that they got a trouble call about the inferno and alarmed the state Fire Service which, she stated, reacted instantly.

Eneh said that it took the men of the fire service around two hours to put out the flame.

“The fire affected 68 traders and they are all gathered here,” Eneh told the governor.

Responding, Ugwuanyi directed the Chairman of Enugu North council area to take the inventory of the loss caused by the fire.

He also asked the chairman to ascertain the cost of reconstructing the market and forward the same to his office.

He promised to support the victims with N100,000 each to enable them to return to their businesses.

“We are here to help and console you. The chairman of the council has been directed to evaluate the cost of rebuilding the stalls and report back to us,” Ugwuanyi said.

(NAN)

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