Early morning fire razes shops in Warri

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Properties worth millions of naira were lost in an early morning fire at Sand-Sand Market in Warri South, Delta State.

There was no death in the fire which began at about 3 am Monday.

It was said to have been caused by the negligence of some artisans in the area.

It was gathered that firefighters could not extinguish the fire.

A trader said a security man raised alarm on noticing the fire outbreak.

She said it took the collective effort of residents to prevent the fire from further spreading.

She said: “The fire started early this morning at 3 am. It was only the security man that was around when the fire started. He struggled to rescue Stephen, a blind man.

“He (Stephen) was the one that was shouting ‘help me o’. The security man heard it and rescued him. But before he (security man) could return, his properties got burnt.”

Several victims were seen lamenting their losses.

A victim, identified as Ebi, could not respond to questions as she was traumatised by her loss.

Eyewitnesses said she recently stocked her store with drinks but them to the fire.

Another trader said: “Somebody lost two speed-boats to the fire. The firefighters came to do their best but could not put off the fire as they lacked materials.”

Council chairman Dr Michael Tidi said the incident may have been triggered by “carelessness” on the part of technicians who service boats in the vicinity.