In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 20th, August, 2020

How Fireplace Razed Down Marian Market, Destroying Property Value Tens of millions In Cross River

How Fire Razed Down Marian Market, Destroying Property Worth Millions In Cross River

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Based on Every day Submit, barely one month after the final hearth incident that consumed property price hundreds of thousands of naira at Ika Ika Oqua Market alongside Marian Street in Calabar Municipal native authorities space of Cross River State, one other hearth outbreak has occurred in the identical Market razing down outlets and items price hundreds of thousands of hundreds of thousands of naira.

It was gathered that the inferno began at about eight:05pm on Wednesday, a couple of minutes after energy was restored at Marian, the realm the place the market is positioned.

Although the reason for the hearth outbreak was but to be identified, an eyewitness who gave his identify as Mathias Okon mentioned that it was like hell on earth to merchants and store house owners.


“The plantain, meals and grocery traces adjoining the Younger Shall Develop Motor Park alongside Ika Ika Oqua (Market) Street was seen with heavy flame of fireplace lighting up your entire space.

“Many merchants have tried their finest to avoid wasting their items and outlets however to no avail. Just a few have been capable of smuggle the little they will from the hearth because it continues to ravage the market,” a witness mentioned.

Additionally talking, a sufferer of the hearth who was crying mentioned “What am I residing for? All I’ve is within the hearth. I simply obtained a name that the market is on hearth and earlier than I received right here, I noticed my store burning, I can’t even go in. The cash from my gross sales as we speak is available in the market, my life financial savings is available in the market. I’m completed.”

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However one other sufferer, who claimed to be a fortunate dealer mentioned: “Once I obtained the decision, I took a taxi and rushed to the market. I noticed the hearth burning behind our store, so I needed to name my siblings to assist me out, we’ve been capable of smuggle our items out earlier than the hearth received to our store”.

Some who additionally succeeded in eradicating their items from the market, ended up dropping them to thieves within the course of because the market is crowded with so many individuals.

Many who spoke beneath anonymity lamented the dearth of satisfactory Fireplace Service within the state, as their efforts to name for assist proved abortive and solely store house owners and good Samaritans have been battling with the hearth.

On the time of submitting this report, at about two hours after, there was no presence of Fireplace Service available in the market and people who known as 112 Emergency quantity have been informed to carry on as a dispatch staff was on their method.

That is the fourth hearth incident on the market in three years; first in January 2018, the second in August 19, 2019, the third in early July 2020 and now the fourth in August 19, 2020.

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