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Traders lament losses as fire guts Ebonyi mechanic village

By Luke Ugochukwu, Abakaliki

An early morning fire has destroyed about eight cars and motor spare parts valued at over N15 million at the Mechanic Village in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.

It wad gathered that the inferno which started at about one O’clock on Sunday morning would have engulfed the entire mechanic site if not for the quick intervention of the state fire service.

The scene of the fire incident was still covered with smoke that was billowing from cars, tyres and other spare parts burnt in some of the affected workshops while the owners and sympathizers stood in clusters
watching helplessly.

One of the victims, Mr. Sunday Nworie who could not control his tears alleged that the fire incident started from a nearby workshop where apprentices may have forgotten to extinguish burning firewood they
used in refurbishing car shock absorbers.

However, the owner of the workshop, Mr. Livinus Nwadume denied the allegation, pointing out that he does make use of burning firewood in the repair of damaged car parts.

Also Mr. Nwadume described the incident as unfortunate claiming that he lost thousands of Naira worth of tyres and other spare parts.

An owner of a workshop where five cars were destroyed, Mr. George Brother said he had informed the owners about the damage and called on the government to expand the mechanic village to enable those who sold car parts with fire to have enough space to operate.

However, the Chairman of the Site, Mr. Erasmus Nwaojiji said his management committee had done all it could to enforce the decongestion and removal of inflammable materials at the Site but to no avail.

Mr. Nwaojiji commended the State fire service for its prompt intervention and appealed to the State government to assist the victims to enable them to start life again.

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