By Temitope Adedeji
An inferno reportedly gutted a part of Onitsha Main Market in Anambra State on Wednesday, destroying valuable goods worth millions of Naira.
An eyewitness’s account said the fire also destroyed shops on the third floor of a three-storey building located near the main market.
According to reports, the fire was caused by an electrical fault.
A trader in the market said the damage had already been done before the arrival of fire fighters.
“We were calling the fire service and they have not responded. See how goods belonging to traders are being destroyed before their eyes,” she lamented.
Confirming the incident, police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga, said no life was lost in the incident.
He said: “Preliminary investigation shows that the fire was caused by an electric spark and was put out by combined efforts of the police and fire service team.
“The situation has been brought under control. The Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng advises the public to always take precautionary measures to avert such ugly incidents.”