By Achike Uchenna, Abakaliki

 

Goods worth several millions of Naira have been destroyed during a dawn fire outbreak that occured at Abakpa main market in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state.

Fire razes Abakaliki main market, property, goods worth millions destroyed

By Achike Uchenna, Abakaliki

 

Goods worth several millions of Naira have been destroyed during a dawn fire outbreak that occured at Abakpa main market in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state.

 

 

The fire which started about 8 O’ Clock was however put out through the combined efforts of fire fighters and some sympathizers including the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Kelechi Igwe.

 

The fire outbreak which raged for over four hours affected about five buildings and destroyed most of the shops along Gunning road and Olowere Street.

 

According to an Eyewitness, the fire emanated from a spark at a milling section in the market and would have destroyed both flanks of the Gunning and Ojowere lines if not for the quick intervention of men of the state fire service.

 

The Chairman State Emergency Management Agency, Reverend Ephraim Ononye and the Chairman Ebonyi Local Government Area, Mr Anslem Enigwe who also witnessed the incident commended relevant agencies for their promptness in responding to the distress calls made to them.

  

The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mrs Elizabeth Ogbaga expressed sadness over the development and assured the victims that the state government would not abandon them.

 

The Deputy Governor of the State, Dr Igwe described the fire outbreak as unfortunate noting that the relocation of the traders to the newly constructed International market had reached advanced stage.

 

Security agents led by the Police spokesman, Mr George Okafor were also on ground to prevent miscreants from looting goods and property. 

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