Bayelsa market fire destroys N10m goods

Fire on Sunday night razed a section of the popular Opolo Market in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, destroying goods estimated at N10m.
It was learnt that the inferno, which began at 9.20pm, was allegedly
caused by an electric spark that occurred in one of the lock-up shops.
It was learnt that the fire raged till about 8am on Monday with some
of the traders battling to put it out, as firefighers could not help
them.
When our correspondent visited the scene, the victims of the incident were seen crying and bemoaning their losses.
Some of them claimed hoodlums took advantage of the fire to burgle their shops.
One of the traders, identified as Onome Ikudabo, said though some
firefighters responded to a distress when the fire began, their efforts
failed to yield results.
She added, "Goods and other materials, estimated at over N10m had
been destroyed before the Fire Brigade Service men came. You too can see things for yourself. The only thing the Fire Service men did was their
ability to check further spread of the fire. Damage has been done."
While narrating her ordeal to our correspondent, another victim, Mrs. Ajarat Ismail, said, "I don't know where to begin. I lost clothes,
sewing machines and tailoring accessories worth more than N2m to this
fire.
"The state government should be sympathetic to our plights by
assisting us in mitigating the loss we incurred due to this unfortunate
development."

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