Posted by News Express | 10 April 2015 | 3,918 times
Fire yesterday wreaked havoc in Ekeki-Motor Park in Bayelsa as properties worth millions of Naira were lost to the fire incident.
The right wing of the park where clothing, foods, electronics like Compact Disc (CD), television, engine oil, motorcycle parts and other items are sold were gutted by the inferno.
Some of the eye witness said that the fire which burnt at least 26 shops in the motor park started at about 9am on Thursday.
Mr Solomon Bukurumo, said that the fire started form a shop, where engine oil, petroleum products and motor-tyres are being sold.
According to Bukurumo, “the fire ignited from that shop where fuel and engine oil are sold; the owner of the shop was trying to turn fuel into a gallon and then the fire sparked.
A Victim, Mrs Johnson Sele, who is a food vendor in the park said that every of her wares were burnt by the fire and further cried for help.
“All my property have been destroyed, over 80 per cent of wealth has gone; I have seven children and here is where a make my livelihood.
“And now my source of income has gone, I do not know where and what to do angina in this earth,” Sele said amidst sobs.
Another victim, Mrs Hope Efe, who is a Pool Clerk also cried for help, saying that the fire gutted over N150, 000 she kept in the office.
“The fire has killed me, the incident has increased my socio-economic woes,” Efe lamented.
Speaking with Mr Okai Nefigha, Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) also lamented over the incident, saying that the level of devastations.
“About two persons were injured, shops and many other property have been destroyed as you can see them by yourself; the people injured have been taken to the hospital.
“Bayelsa Fire Service was here but they were chased out by some group, who works in this motor park; well, they said that the fire fighters did not arrive to scene on time,” Niefigha said.
Efforts to speak with the Bayelsa Fire Service Command were fruitless as officials declined to answer calls to their mobile phones.
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