Reports reaching The Street Journal say that a section of the popular Ogbeogonogo Market, Off Nnebisi Road in Asaba, Delta State has been razed by Fire.
The fire which broke out on Tuesday, March 26, resulted in the loss of several properties valued at millions of naira, leaving market men and women devastated.
An early morning inferno has engulfed the popular Ogbogonogo market, Asaba, Delta State capital, destroying buildings and goods worth millions of naira.
Though the cause of the fire is unknown as at press time, sources said it could have resulted from a power surge.
Ogbeogonogo market is located along Nnebisi Road, Asaba.
Able-bodied men from the community were said to have expended several hours in an effort to put out the raging fire.
Traders raced to the market to salvage their wares as early as 6.30 am when they got news of the inferno.
Some shopowners were inconsolable, claiming to have lost goods valued at millions to the inferno.
Others wept profusely after their shops were looted by unknown persons in a bid to salvage merchandise from the fire.
Though no life was lost in the tragic incident, wares were consumed with traders lamenting and counting their losses.
Delta Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Mofe Pirah said the State government was doing its best, adding back-up trucks from Ogwashi-Uku and Agbor were being mobilised to the scene. The fire was brought under control four hours later, many shops had been gutted.
An eyewitness, Roselyn James, said: “The first state fire service truck that came to rescue the situation ran out of the water while the fire was still on. As at 9:26a.m., the fourth fire service truck arrived while good Samaritans were serving water from the gutter to put out the fire but to no avail.” One of the traders, who was affected by the incident, said: “I am finished! All my sewing machines are gone. Even materials that I collected from customers all got burnt in the shop.”
Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government Area, Uche Osadebe, who also visited the scene, demanded the services of an excavator to clear the burnt shops to pave way for the fire service truck to gain access into the market and put out the fire completely. Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has commiserated with traders whose property were lost fire incident.
Okowa, who visited the market to inspect the extent of damage done by the inferno, said the state government would assist the affected traders on Ogbeogonogo to get back to their businesses.