Fire destroys Akure street shops
Fire destroyed 14 shops in a street in Akure yesterday.
The fire, noticed at 2 am, razed the shops located along Roadblock Junction in the Ondo State capital.
The fire was blamed on a power surge by residents who said although they mobilized quickly to put out the fire, a lot of damage had been done by the time men of the state fire service arrived.
Lots of goods inside the shops, said to have been mostly procured for Christmas and New Year sales, were lost.
Counting their losses, some of the victims cried openly, saying such should not happen at this time that feeding has become a problem.
One of the traders, Paul Emmanuel, said the fire started from one of the shops and spread to other locked up stores.
“I was alerted to the incident around 4 am. By the time I got there, my shops and the other ones had been razed. So many goods worth millions of naira have been lost,” he said.
Another trader, Mrs Abimbola Adesanya, pleaded with the government to assist the affected traders with money to redeem their losses.
“We are begging Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to assist us. Just imagine, Christmas is around the corner and we have stocked our shops in determination to make sales,” she said.