Fire Destroys Goods


Tragedy struck in Zaki Biam, Benue State when properties worth several millions of  naira stored in several shops in the area were destroyed in a midnight inferno.

Though no life was lost, owners of the affected shops claimed that  all their wares  have been destroyed  in the fire outbreak.

One of the victims, Jacob Opum, an Igbo trader who owned the biggest supermarket and  other shops in the area said the fire started in the midnight.

“We did not know until about 3am but it must have started in the midnight. When we  got there, it was late. The fire had become too dangerous for us. tI lost everything  to the fire.”

The business man told P.M.NEWS that the fire consumed everything because there was  no fire service station in the town, adding that the youths in the area battled  effortlessly to bring the fire under control.

Others who also lost their wares in the inferno include  James Eke, a provision  seller  and Innocent Ogbu who sells clothing materials.

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The duo disclosed they had stocked up their shops for  the yuletide season.

Mr Eke called on well meaning Nigerians and the state government to come to the  rescue of the traders.

He also appealed to the state government to set up a fire service office in the area  because it is one of the commercial centres of the state

At the time of filing this report, the cause of the inferno was still unknown, but  an eyewitness said it may not be unconnected to the high voltage of electricity  supply  in the area lately

—Ubong George /Makurdi

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