Fire razes 4 shops in Anambra market

About four shops were on Wednesday morning gutted by midnight fire in Nkwo Market, Umunze in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The incident which occurred around 1.20am was reportedly caused by power surge.

According to eyewitnesses, goods worth millions of naira, including household items and plastic materials were destroyed by the fire.

State Fire Chief, Engr. Dr. Martin Agbili, who confirmed the incident, saying no loss of life was recorded in the inferno,

He said his men who arrived the scene shortly after they were alerted were able to control the fire from spreading the entire market.

He said, “At about 0120hrs (1.20am) of Wednesday 21-02-2024, Anambra State Fire Service, received a distress call of fire outbreak at Nkwo Market, Umunze.

“Immediately, we deployed our fire truck and gallant firefighters to the fire scene. We fought, controlled and extinguished with the assistance of some traders and the public who came out at that incident time.

“The cause of the fire was unknown but suspected power surge. There was no casualty or lost of life during the fire incident but about four (4) shops were affected, mainly provision shops, plastic shop and attachments shop.

“Always remember to switch off your electrical and electronics appliances when they are not in use to avoid power surge.”

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