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Fire guts Ikom market in Cross River

  • …the market has been subjected to a yearly outbreak

There has been a fire outbreak in Ikom main market in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State.

CONVERSEER gathered that the incident which happened on Monday night affected the entire Lagos Line, which is the core area of the market.

According to sources, the incident which happened around 10 pm destroyed several properties, including shops and goods worth billions of naira.

According to NAN, the Chairman of the Lagos line of the market, Mr Chika Anya, said the intensity of the inferno was such that nothing could be salvaged from the affected shops.

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Anya said the incident has been a reoccurring issue almost every year in the market.

He alleged that, as with previous cases, the state fire service was unable to provide much support.

Fire guts Ikom market in Cross River

“All we want now is support from the government to enable us to get our lives back.

“Government should also do the needful by having a functional fire service in Ikom and other council areas of the state,” Anya told NAN.

One of the affected shop owners, Augustine Eze, said it was difficult to ascertain the cause of the inferno as there was no electricity “and nobody is allowed to pass the night in the market.”

Eze said they got little support from the state fire service during the incident.

“This is not the first time we are having fire issue in the market, and there is always no assistance to quench it since the state fire service lacks the equipment to fight one here,” Eze claimed.

Fire guts Ikom market in Cross River

Meanwhile, Mr Peter Ukorebi, the State Director of the Fire Service, said they would investigate the cause of the fire and take preventive measures.

He, however, said that the shop owners have long formed the habit of cooking in the shops despite repeated warnings against such by the service.

According to him, the traders have refused to heed safety precautions.

“Our safety officers have repeatedly advised them against this trend, but they simply won’t listen,” he added.

The fire service director debunked the claims that the fire service lacked the necessary facilities to contain fire outbreaks in the area.

Frank Ulom
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