In the Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, a fire incident happened close to the Afor Nkpor Market, Oraukwu Crescent/Nkpor Old Road, resulting in the destruction of ten shops and a residential building.
PUNK According to information obtained by Metro, a power surge from one of the market’s stores was the cause of the fire that broke out late on Sunday night.
Upon our correspondent’s visit to the scene on Monday afternoon, they observed that some shop owners and victims were going through the debris to see if there was anything valuable they could salvage, while others were just assessing the damage done.
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An eyewitness close to the scene, only going by Bassey, stated, “On Sunday night, one of the shops caught fire. We were in a nearby bar when all of a sudden there was a loud noise that sounded like thunder, and the entire area was quickly covered in thick smoke.
“We then hurried outside and attempted to put out the fire with sand and anything else that was nearby, but it was unabated and kept spreading to other stores. We persisted in trying, but the fire fought against us.
We fought the fire for about thirty minutes, but as it got worse, half of the stores and residential buildings had already completely collapsed.
While we were still fighting, state fire department personnel stormed the scene. Enraged youths stoned them and fled with their truck. The firefighters’ car was wrecked during the pursuit, but they were still able to get away with it.