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Fire Destroys Shops, Goods In Onitsha Market



A section of the Bridgehead Market, Onitsha, has been razed down by the fire, which destroyed ng goods valued at millions of Naira.

Naija News understands that the fire incident which occurred yesterday gutted heaps of yam tubers, wooden doors, chairs, mattresses, saw machines, crates of soft drinks, amongst other items in the market.

The fire which lasted for about an hour, burnt down over 40 shops before traders quenched it using fire extinguishers.

However, no life was lost and nobody sustained any injury.

A victim, Mr Jude Nwufo, who lost wooden doors and chairs, noted that the fire began from his side of the market and spread to other parts of the market.

“We suddenly realized there was fire without any sign. We were able to put it off with water and fire extinguishers,” he said.

The affected traders said they lost goods worth several millions of Naira.

However, the President-General of Bridgehead Markets Traders Union, Mr. Sunday Obinze, told newsmen that they suspected that the fire could have resulted from an electrical fault.

Obinze said the executive of the market would review some of its safety measures to avert future occurrence.

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