Fire destroys shops at Kpana village
An early morning fire destroyed shops and goods worth thousands of naira yesterday at Kpana village, Jabi district in Abuja Municipal Area Council.
Our reporters, who visited the scene, observed that 13 provision shops and hair dressing salons were razed by the inferno, which started at about 2a.m., according to residents.
A victim, Nwokolo Cynthia, who sells provisions and cosmetics, said a neighbour ran to wake her up telling her that there was fire at her shop and that she immediately ran there only to discover that the fire had already destroyed the entire adjourning shops.
She said she made effort to remove some of her belongings from the shop, but she could not because of the intensity of the fire, adding that some residents also tried to put out the fire but to no avail.
“One of my neighbours, who slept outside because of the hot weather, came to wake me up that fire has gutted my shop, before I got there, the fire has already extended to other shops and I became helpless,” she said.
Another victim, Mahmuda Salihu, who has a provision shop, said he was asleep in the shop when he heard sound at his door, telling him about the fire, which had already reached his shop.
He said he and other neighbours ran to inform the policemen in the area, adding that men of the fire service came to the scene about 30 minutes after the incident, which had already razed many shops.
“It was God that saved my life because I was sleeping inside the shop at about 2 a.m. when I heard somebody shouting my name and I forced the door open only to discover that fire has almost razed all the shops including mine,” he said.
A resident, Mr. Emeka Chinedu, blamed men of the fire service for delay in their response, alleging that despite the calls placed across to them, they came 30 minutes after, with a faulty vehicle and they were unable to put out the fire after about an hour.
“I was the person who first called the fire service men after the police said they didn’t have their phone numbers, but to my dismay, the truck they brought broke down, and before they brought the second truck, all the shops have already been razed,” he said.
Efforts to get the reactions of the FCT Fire Service were unsuccessful as its Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Obisesan, said he was in a meeting when our reporter called him.
When City News left the scene yesterday afternoon, the affected shop owners were seen clearing the residue, while scavengers were rummaging the area for items of value.
Some of the shops razed by early morning fire yesterday.