Fire Razes Spear parts Market in Anambra, Destroys Goods Worth millions of NairaLetters/Rejoinders, News, News From The State Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
Tragedy struck on Tuesday in Nnewi, Anambra state, as fire gutted the popular Nkwo Nnewi market, destroying several shops stocked with fairly used motorcycle spare parts valued at millions of naira.
The mystery inferno, occurred at Nwagbara, a section of the multi-million naira market.
The disaster, which our correspondent gathered started at about few minutes to 4 pm due to alleged indiscriminate and faulty connection of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) power supply to the market, raged for hours before it was put out through the efforts of some traders and sympathisers, who rushed to the scene.
African Examiner learnt that EEDC officials, on receiving a distress call, rushed to the market and disconnected the affected lines which may have caused the wild fire.
According to some of the traders, the fire fighters in Nnewi, whose station is not too far from the Market, could not come to their rescue following a technical fault in their system.
Also, their counterparts in Nkpor, Onitsha who were contacted by the Nnewi fire station could not help because their vehicle had a technical fault as they were coming for the rescue operation.
Some of the affected traders said they had just replenished their stocks before the ugly incident occurred and appealed for financial assistance from government and good spirited wealthy individuals.
Mr Chinedu Chukwu, chairman of the line, also solicited for urgent help from government and public-spirited individuals for the fire victims some of whom, according to him, secured some credit facilities for trading.
However, efforts by our correspondent to speak with head of Nnewi Fire Service Station failed, as he could not be reached on his mobile phone.
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