INFERNO! Traders Weep As Fire Guts Akure Market
Traders at the popular market located beside the Deji's palace in Akure are counting their losses and crying to the government for quick intervention.
Not less than 100 locked up shops were razed down by fire which started in the early hour of Thursday.
Goods worth millions of naira were lost in the inferno.
Recounting his loss, a trader who identified himself as Ojo Owoeye said he received a call around 1am that their shops were burning and he immediately rushed to the scene.
"The inferno happened as a result of power surge and all my products worth over N2.5m were consumed." He said.
Similarly, Similoluwa Adeoye who deals in textile said the only way to get out of the trauma is for government to intervene in her situation.
"Everything I have worked for is gone into the fire. Most of the clothes in my shop are imported from Holland, France and Switzerland.
"I still have some outstanding balance on some of them. Where do I start from? We are talking about millions of naira business that has just gone in flame."
A youth leader in Akure South Local government, Tuyi Adekambi said: “The inferno started around 1am as a result of power surge. The most annoying part of it is that if there was a functioning fire service in the state, the inferno wouldn’t have got to this extent.
“For almost three hours the fire service couldn’t get to the place of fire incident and it was the services of airport authority fire brigade service that came to rescue the situation if not, the inferno would have got to Deji’s place."
It was gathered that immediately the fire started, the Deji of Akure whose palace is closed to the scene was quickly alerted.
The monarch was alleged to have called the state fire service but in turn, confirmed there was no water to combat the raging inferno.
Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi was however said to have alerted the Akure airport Fire brigades who later came to arrest the situation after monumental damage had already been done.
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