by Rachel Ogbu
Nothing less than 150 shops was destroyed by the fire at the Ekwulobia Main Market in Anambra State.
On Thursday, the fire which was said to have started at about 12 noon affected most parts of the electronics market, but the cause is still unknown.
People claim the fire fighter arrived late to the scene and as at 5pm, rescuers were still trying to salvage some goods from the remains of the fire, no lives has been reported lost.
According to reports, the fire service from Awka, rather than the one at Ekwulobia, responded to distress calls where traders lost inestimable goods and cash.
The President General of Ekwulobia Traders Allied Workers Association Ikechukwu Ezeokeke and Chairman of the Electronics line Ekwulobia, Frank Timothy, grieved over the huge loss the traders suffered.
“I am a confused person now,” a victim, John Chetachukwu, said.
“My shop got burnt completely. I was in my house when the youths came to bring me to this place around 4pm . I saw the inferno and I was speechless.”
“Although I lost everything but I thank everybody including the DPO Ekwulobia and many others for rallying around us.”
The Punch reports:
Another victim, Kingsley Osedume, said he could not salvage a pin and his shop was the only source of the extended family income and called for help.
For Richard Okoli, who deals on interior decoration, said he just came back with goods worth over N600,000 from the market yesterday which were razed.
The Local government Chairman, Mr. Titus Anigbogu consoled the traders and assured them he would table their situation to the state government for appropriate actions.