- A fire has razed some sections of Bridge-head market, Onitsha
- Some of the sections affected are that of yam sellers, hoteliers and foam sellers
- The fire, which lasted for about an hour, affected over 40 shops
It was a sad day for traders at Bridge-head market, Onitsha as fire destroyed goods worth millions of naira on Monday, December 23.
The fire incident gutted the yam, hotel, carpentry and foam sections of the market.
The Nation reports that the fire which lasted for about an hour, affected over 40 shops before it was put off by traders with the help of fire extinguishers.
Specifically, the destroyed goods included tubers of yam, wooden doors and chairs, assorted sizes of foam, saw machines and many crates of soft drinks.
The cause of the inferno is yet to be ascertained as at press time.
Speaking on the incident, Hon. Sunday Obinze, president-general of Bridge-head Markets Traders Union, while conducting newsmen round the scene, said they suspected electrical fault.
Legit.ng had also reported that residents scampered for safety in the morning of Friday, October 18, as another fuel tanker exploded along the Enugu-Onitsha expressway by Bessoy filling station in Anambra state.
The incident, which occurred around Omaba Phase 2, got eight houses and 22 cars burnt.
It was learnt that the tanker was loaded with premium motor spirit, also known as petrol and was said to have fallen in the middle of the road spilling its content which flowed into drainages.
The report said some residents close to the area where the fuel tanker fell fled their homes over fear of a repetition of the incident that occurred barely 48 hours earlier.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Ekiosa market in Benin City was razed by fire. A huge part of the market was gutted by the fire on Sunday, December 22.
Ekiosa is known as a bustling market where foodstuffs such as rice and beans brought from outside Edo state, as well as locally grown food items like yams, melons, vegetables, etc. are sold at quite affordable rates.
However, at the time of writing this, Legit.ng could not establish what led to the inferno nor the extent of damage it has caused both in terms of lives and properties.
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