Fire de­stroys Akure street shops

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Bola Ojuola, Akure

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.

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