Aba Upholstery Dealers count losses as Goods Worth N1bn razed by midnight fire


The upholstery shop owners at Jubilee road by York street in the commercial city of Aba, Abia State, have narrated how they lost goods worth over one billion naira in a midnight inferno.

Aba Upholstery Dealers
File photo: Market Fire Outbreak

Although, the cause of the fire is still yet unknown, but sources at the business premises told newsmen in the commercial nerve centre that the fire incident which affected more than fif­teen shops fully loaded with upholstery fabrics started at about 1am in the early hours of the eventful day.

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Some of the affected shop owners, who were still in pains when our reporter visited the scene including Ichie Anthony Okekeuche, said that the damage could have been more disastrous if not for the prompt inter­vention of men of the Abia State Fire Service, Aba who equally saved more goods and property from going into flames.

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One of the shop owners, Okekeuche, said that one of his neighbours informed him about the ugly incident at about 1 am about the fire outbreak.

He described the level of loss incurred by the traders as “one too many especial­ly in the face of the current economic crunch that has enveloped the country”

According to him, a shop owner who was bur­ying his father in Anambra State had nothing brought out from his shop as all his goods were consumed in the mysterious inferno just as he reported that some hood­lums took advantage of the unfortunate situation to loot goods that they tried to save during the incident.

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He thanked officials of Aba Fire Service for their prompt response to attend to the fire because their ef­forts prevented the fire from spreading to other neigh­bouring shops and houses which could have worsened the situation. “Our joy is that no life was lost, but the goods damaged in the infer­no is worth over N1biilion.”

He therefore appealed to the state and federal govern­ments to come to their aids, stressing that many of them had their lifetime invest­ment gone in the inferno.

Also Speaking, The Fire fighters and principal Fire Officer (PFO), Abia State Fire Service, Aba Mr. Okezie Uche said that he mobilized his men to the scene after a Good Samar­itan informed the office at about 12am on the fateful day of the inferno and gave the estimate of property damaged at about N10mil­lion while property saved was put at about N50mil­lion.

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Uche who stated that the cause of the fire out­break was yet unknown, assuring that they would be car­rying further investigation into the real reasons why the fire outbreak began.

The PFO however, urged residents of the commercial city as well as shop own­ers to make sure that they switched off every electrical appliances in the shops and homes whenever they are going out, just as he stressed that “a little spark can ignite or cause fire outbreak.”

Source: Abacityblog | Authority Newspaper.


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