No fewer than 12 blocks of shops were razed by fire at Nkwo Umunze Market, Umunze in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Although there were no casualties, it was reported that the fire began in the New Life Line of the market on Friday about 6.16 am.
As of the time this report was filed, the source of the fire was unknown, although market witnesses reported that millions of naira worth of items were destroyed in the fire.
Confirming the incident, the state fire chief, Martin Agbili, said the cause of the fire was still unknown.
He said, “At about 0616hrs, Anambra State Fire Service, through the Deputy Governor, Onyeka Ibezim, received a distress call of fire outbreak at Nkwo Umunze Market, Umunze, Orumba South LGA, Anambra State.
“Immediately, we deployed our firefighters and firefighting truck to the scene of fire. The fire outbreak which emanated from New Life Line, affected about eight block shops and about four batcher shops.
“There was no lost of life and the cause of the fire outbreak is unknown as no one knew how the fire started.”
Agbili cautioned the people to avoid anything which can cause fire outbreak during this hot season.
He also commended those who controlled and fought the fire before the arrival of firefighters, just as he appreciated former Deputy Governor of the State, Emeka Sibudu, who visited the scene to sympathise with victims and encourage the firefighters.