Sympathisers at the Burnt Auto Spare Parts Market after the Fire Incident in Kaduna Photo: Channels TV

Goods, shops destroyed as fire guts markets in Kaduna, Port Harcourt

*Fire outbreaks in Kaduna and Port Harcourt have negatively affected the traders whose goods were lost in the inferno

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Fire has destroyed several shops at the popular Jos road auto spare parts market in the Oriapata area in Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria.

The cause of the fire, which began early hours of Friday is yet to be ascertained, but traders and residents of the area told reports, that the fire started from one of the shops which also has some tenants inside the compound, and later spread to nearby shops, reports Channels TV.

It was gathered the leadership of the Automobile Spare Parts Dealers Association related that the fire outbreak had negatively affected the traders whose goods were lost in the inferno.

Cyprian Eneje, President of the Kaduna Automobile Spare Parts Dealers Association, has appealed to the Kaduna State Government to come to the aid of the victims to enable them to start a normal life following the fire incident.

Kaduna State and other parts of the Northern region are experiencing severe harmattan weather, according to report.

Likewise, goods worth millions of Naira have been destroyed, following the fire that gutted a market Friday night in the Mile 3 Diobu Area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.

While the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, report indicates that over 10 shops were been burnt down.

It was gathered that the fire service made efforts at putting out the inferno but did not have enough water at the time of the incident.

The nearby police station as well as some residents later was reported to have assisted the fire officers to extinguish the fire.

Market fire outbreaks appear to be a recurring incident in Port Harcourt.

It is recalled that a large section of the fruit garden market was razed by fire September 2018.

That market was later demolished, rebuilt and reopened for business.

Before that, the new market complex in Old Port Harcourt township was also gutted by fire in 2014, report stated.

A similar incident, again, happened at the Mile One market located on Ikwerre Road in 2013.

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