It has destroyed no less than 12 blocks of shops in Nkwo Umunze market in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Although there was no loss of life, it was reported that the fire started around 6.16 am on Friday from the New Life Line of the market.
The cause of the fire had not been ascertained at the time of filing this report, but witnesses at the market said goods worth millions of naira were destroyed in the inferno.
Confirming the incident, the state fire chief Martin Agbili said the cause of the fire was still unknown.
He said: “At about 6.16am, the Anambra State Fire Service, through the Deputy Governor Onyeka Ibezim, received a fire emergency call at Nkwo Umunze market, Umunze, Orumba South LGA, Anambra State.
“Immediately, we took our firefighters and the fire truck to the scene of the fire. The fire outbreak that originated from New Life Line affected about eight stores and about four shops.
“No lives were lost and the cause of the fire is unknown as no one knew how the fire started.”
Agbili warned people to avoid anything that could cause fire during this hot season.
He praised those who controlled and fought the fire before the arrival of the firemen, as he appreciated the former deputy governor of the state, Emeka Sibudu, for showing solidarity with the victims and encouraging the firemen.
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