Fire is on rampage and shop owners need to be more careful now that the harmattan is here.

While fire ravaged shops at Gowon Estate in Lagos, another set of shops had already been razed far away in Cross River State.

At least 50 shops were destroyed after Monday’s fire incident at the Yoruba section of Watt market in Calabar, the capital city.

The Director General of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), John Inaku, confirmed the incident.


Mr Inaku had visited the area on Tuesday and he said the cause of the fire was still unknown.

“Up till now, the cause of the fire is still unknown. Over 50 shops were affected during the tragic incident.

"I am here on the directives of the State Government to ascertain the cause of the outbreak and to report back so that something can be done to alleviate the plights of the victims.

"If you take a critical look at the shops, they are closely located. This makes it easy for the fire to spread quickly from one shop to another.

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"My advice to shop owners is that they should always put off their appliances after close of business; this would go a long way to prevent disasters like this," he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fire affected mostly electricals, provisions, jewelry and book shops in the market.

NAN further reports that no casualty was recorded because of the outbreak.

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