Fire Outbreak in Popular Ibadan Markets Destroys Multi-Million Naira Worth Of GoodsGoods and Properties running into several millions of Naira have been destroyed when an inferno broke out on Sunday, December 18 morning in some parts of Araromi Market in Ibadan. The section of the market affected is the motor tyres and spare parts section.
According to Mr Abdulazeez Ojo who is the chairman of the market, men of the fire service were on hand to put out the fire which began at about 5.30 am although several shops equipped with motor tyres and other goods have been razed before their arrival.
“The Fire Service were able to put out the fire to avert more destruction, nevertheless, shop owners still suffered losses worth over N10 million,” Mr Ojo said.
“The most pathetic thing is that these burnt shops were owned by young traders who have just started business and we appealed to the state government to assist them,’’ he finished.
The fire service team Commander, Mr Adeleke Isiaka, said his team responded promptly when they received the call. He said his team have been able to put out the fire whose cause is yet unknown.
“The cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained, but it is possible that careless handling of cigarette butts may be responsible,” he said.
“I am saying this because there was no electricity light, nor any sign of cooking in the market at the time of the incident.’’
He also thanked the traders and sympathisers for their support and assistance in putting out the fire.
Men of the NSCDC were also on ground to secure shops and goods against potential looters who take advantage of these kind of situations to perpetrate their sinister motives.