- The popular Marian market in Calabar has gone into flames
- A strange fire outbreak gutted the commercial hub on Saturday, July 4
- Nothing official has been said about the cause of the inferno which destroyed goods worth millions of naira
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Many sections of the popular Marian Market in Calabar, the River state capital was in the early hours of Saturday, July 4, gutted by a terrible fire outbreak.
According to AIT Live, the inferno, the cause of which is yet unknown, damaged many shops housing properties worth millions of Naira in the commercial hub.
However, official details on the extent of damage caused by the flames have not been given, including a record of possible casualties from the fire.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that there was tension in Gombe as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) office situated in the state had been reportedly gutted by fire.
The fire outbreak started around 10am on Friday, July 3, throwing workers and people in the area in palpable panic.
Although this publication cannot authoritatively confirm the incident, a source who witnessed the disturbing scene said efforts are ongoing to bring the fire under control.
The incident, which occurred barely three months after the apex bank's Plateau branch was hit by fire, came on the heels of recurring fire disaster on Nigeria's major places including markets and government buildings.
Legit.ng recalled that on April 15, the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) headquarters in Maitama, Abuja, was hit by fire.
The last floor of the seven-story building was engulfed in flames destroying valuables and other items on the premises. The efforts of firefighters who arrived at the building were all needed to stop the fire.
In another post, Legit.ng reported that what could have boomeranged into a tragedy was thankfully averted when a fire outbreak hit the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday, June 4.
Mallam Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, confirming the fire incident described the situation as minor.
The presidential aide said the incident was caused by an electrical spark in the afternoon at a store near the State House Chapel in the Presidential Villa.
In another report by Leadership, Aso Rock would have been razed to the ground had it not been for the timely intervention of vigilant members of staff on the premises, Shehu said.
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