Fire guts Ughelli market

A section of  Ughelli main market in Ughelli, Delta State  was recently  gutted by fire, with  goods worth millions of naira destroyed.

The cause of the fire could not be ascertained but unconfirmed report said it  started from a welding workshop where  cans of adulterated kerosene were kept.

The welder  was not in the workshop at the time of the fire incident.

Reports said efforts of the Delta State Fire Service,   market women, commercial motorcyclists and passersby prevented the fire from spreading to other parts of the market before the arrival of the SPDC Fire Fighters vehicle which finally put out the fire.

An elderly victim, otherwise known as Madam Bead, was seen wailing over what she lost to the fire.

The fire also affected a welding workshop, part of Akpovoka cold room and stores where essential needs were sold.

Meanwhile, some market women have vowed not to pay the yearly fire service bill, stressing that the agency had not been rendering the needed service at crucial times.

A woman who refused to disclose her name said, “Me I no go pay this money again. This people collect money finish but dem no fit help us when we need them.”



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