Fire de­stroys shops at Kpana vil­lage

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah & Abi­gail O. Akhilor

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.

PHOTO: ABUBAKAR SADIQ ISAH

Some of the shops razed by early morn­ing fire yes­ter­day.

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