Fire1Goods worth millions of naira have been gutted by fire at the caterpillar spare parts market of number 15/16 Broadrick Street, coal camp Enugu.
The fire which started on Monday around 7:30am Nigerian time destroyed five shops including 500 birds at a poultry farm near the area.
The owner of the poultry farm, Mrs. Ginika Ezueke who expressed worry over the incident said the fire had subjected her to untold hardship.
“Somebody came to me and tell me that she hear that my farm is burning. I left everything I’m doing and come back, before I reach here everywhere is scattered. I couldn’t even know my fowls again; there is nothing I can do. I’m appealing the government to come and help us because fire don burn everything.”
One of the owners of the affected shops Mr. Sunday Ani told Radio Nigeria’s Coal City FM that “Fire condemned all my tools everything wey I dey use dey work, I no get help to buy any tools again”.
Another victim of the inferno Mr. Patrick Ogboagu said he lost about ten million naira
“There were many things that burn in the shop, different types of spare parts, almost five million parts, there was one part like that is up to two million that also fire burn. If I calculate what fire burn is up to ten million naira”.
According to them, it took the intervention of the men of the state fire service as well as members of the public to put out the fire.
The public relations officer of the United Traders and Technicians Association in the market Mr. Keneth Onukwuwe who said the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, called on the government to relocate them to a more conducive environment.
“The union all this while has been fighting a way out, so they would love a better accommodation where they will have stalls or shop that is decked but they have not succeeded. We are appealing to government if they can come to our aid so we can get better place than where we are now”.
Correspondent Ngozi Nweke who went to the area reports that no life was lost and that the affected people were seen clearing debris from the inferno.