Tears flows as fire guts over 300 shops in Delta market

No less than 300 stores surrounding Ogbeogonogo market in Asaba metropolis were gutted by an early morning fire on Tuesday.

The  fire left several investors in tears and also items worth millions burnt.

Although the fire was brought in control four hours later on, several shops had been gutted.

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The cause of the fire, which gutted Echolac Line-a row of broken-down shops real estate arrangement stores, customizing shop, livestock market, haberdashery as well as food items, remains unidentified.

Traders raced to the market to salvage their wares as early as 6.30 am when they got news of the inferno.

Some shopowners were heartbroken, asserting to have lost products valued at millions to the fire.

Others cried profusely after their shops were looted by unknown persons in a quote to recover merchandise from the fire.

The Delta Fire service had a stressful time reducing the fire and were interfered with by poor inadequate devices and also lack of access road right into the market.

Many angry traders, who lost wares vented their anger on some policemen, pelting them with sachets of pure water for attacking them with sticks and canes.

The two fire trucks owned by the State Fire Service lost valuable time as they raced back and forth to get water.

A source, who talked on condition of privacy, said the water hydrant located within Ogbeogonogo market was gotten rid of and also rows of shop built in its location.

He blamed the Oshimili South Council manager Mr. Uche Osadebe for ordering the removal of the water hydrant as well as building stores in its stead without making appropriate provision for a water source.

He charged the neighborhood council manager of threatening the lives and also building of shops with alternate source of water on the market.

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