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Fire Ravages Enugu Market, Destroys Millions of Goods

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Enugu, Nigeria – A massive fire outbreak has destroyed shops and goods worth millions of naira at the Orba International Market in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

 

The fire, which started around midnight on New Year’s Day, affected sections of the market where drinks, foams, gallons, provisions, and other materials were being sold.

 

The market, located in the Orba community, the country home of former Governor Ifeanyichukwu Ugwuanyi, is the second largest market in Enugu State.

 

Eyewitness Accounts

 

Chigbo Odegba, a resident of the area, told journalists that the fire started around midnight and raged for hours, consuming several shops and goods.

 

“It is a pity because the shop owners were not around. All the goods in the affected shops were destroyed. It is a sad New Year for us,” he said.

 

Another resident, Chinyere Eze, reported that electricity restoration in the area caused a power surge that led to the fire.

 

“The fire started from one shop and spread to others. We tried to put it out with water and sand, but it was too much. We called the fire service, but they came late,” she said.

 

Fire Service Response

The state’s Chief Fire Officer, Mr Daniel Ohaa, confirmed the fire incident and thanked the residents for their efforts to quench the fire.

 

According to a report by Punch, he said the state fire service deployed two trucks to the scene and managed to prevent the fire from destroying more property.

 

He also said the fire service was investigating the cause of the fire and advised traders and residents to be careful with electrical appliances and inflammable materials.

 

Government Intervention

The Chairman of Udenu Local Government Area, Mr. Solomon Onah, visited the market to sympathize with the victims and assess the extent of the damage.

 

He expressed sadness over the incident and promised to assist the affected traders to rebuild their shops and resume their businesses.

 

Mr. Solomon Onah commended the fire service and the residents for their prompt response and cooperation.

 

He said the local government would work with the state government and other stakeholders to improve the security and safety of the market.

 

The Orba International Market is a major source of income and livelihood for many people in the area and beyond.

 

The fire incident has dealt a huge blow to the traders and the local economy, especially at a time when the country is facing economic challenges.

 

However, some of the traders and residents said they were hopeful that the new year would bring better opportunities and fortune.

 

They also appealed to the government and well-meaning individuals and organizations to support them to overcome the losses and start afresh.

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