Goods value tens of millions have been razed on the common Santana Market alongside Sapele street in Ikpoba-Okha native authorities space,
The Nation reports that Fire fighters had been mentioned to have watched helplessly after they didn’t put out the inferno.
Some witnesses mentioned the fire outbreak was attributable to energy surge.
On Sunday morning, a few of the affected merchants, who weren’t conscious of the incident, collapsed after they noticed their wares destroyed.
Mrs. Cecilia Awala, who mentioned she has been promoting within the market for the previous 20 years, mentioned it was the primary time she skilled fire incident within the market.
“I used to be advised the fire began round 9 pm and as at the moment we’ve got closed from the market.
“I obtained a name that the market was on fire and earlier than I get right here every part was gone together with my baby’s retailer.
‘All his items and the cash he left within the retailer, every part is gone.
“My fish, everything I have in my shop is gone, as I stand here I have nothing at home to eat I mean nothing at all,” she mentioned.
Awala mentioned there was no energy provide earlier than she left market.
“We understand that power was restored later in the night so we are suspecting that the fire might have been caused by power surge.”
Another dealer, Mrs. Ese Peter, mentioned she simply purchased recent provided for her retailer on Friday.
“I don’t even see a pin to convey out of the fire, every part in my store was decreased to rubles.
“I’ve been on this market for over twelve years and this type of factor has by no means occurred.
“My good friend referred to as me round 2 am and earlier than I received right here every part is gone in my two outlets.
“I lost everything, I just stocked my store this last Friday with over one million naira now there is nothing left.”
A dealer was mentioned to have collapsed and died upon seeing that the entire outlets together with his items received burnt.
His id couldn’t be confirmed as at press time.
Mrs. Eukaria Ezeribe, who sells clothes supplies and households gadgets such as ceramic, cooking utensils mentioned her store was burnt to ashes.
Chairman of Ikpoba-Okha native authorities council, Dr. Eric Osayande was on floor to entry the extent of harm.
Osayande, who addressed a few of the victims, assured them that authorities would examine the reason for the fire incident which he mentioned is the primary time because the historical past of the market with a view stopping a reoccurrence.
He promised that the native authorities would cry out to the state authorities as a result of the extent of harm just isn’t one thing the council can resolve alone.
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