By Praise Necherem
Properties worth millions of naira have been lost to the inferno that gutted two buildings used as a plaza at Nkwor Ogbe market, Ihiala, in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State. The fire, said to have started at about 5pm, was however prevented from razing the entire market through the prompt assistance of passersby.
A trader who identified himself as Enoch, said that although no life was lost to the inferno, most of their wares perished in the fire. He added that personnel from the Nnewi Fire Service, who later arrived the scene, assisted in putting out the fire.
Confirming the incident, Director, Anambra State Fire Service, Mr. Martin Agbili, said the fire damaged properties and goods worth millions of naira.
Agbili who commended the efforts of residents of the area in containing the fire from engulfing the entire market, however regretted that men of the Nnewi fire service were not informed immediately the incident started. “Residents should always call the Fire service emergency hotlines whenever such incident occurs for prompt and immediate response from the agency,” he said.
While underscoring the need for individuals and markets to have fire fighting equipments to assist in the event of fire outbreak in their environment, Agbili assured of those concerned of a detailed investigation to ascertain the remote cause of the fire.