An inferno which escalated into a warehouse near the Ariaria International Market, Aba on Tuesday destroyed goods estimated to be worth over N50 million.
The warehouse is said to be located at No. 5 Market Crescent/Umuode Road, opposite Ekumi Plaza.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who visited the scene reports that all the items in the warehouse, including kitchen utensils and other products, were completely burnt.
The landlord of the building, Paul Ajah, was quoted as saying that the fire spread into the warehouse from across the compound.
“We did not notice early until people saw the flames of fire in the warehouse and alerted us.
“It was then that we went into action to try to quench it.
“A good Samaritan later called the Fire Service, which came and helped to quench the fire,” Ajah said.
He regretted the huge damage done to the goods and building, which, he said, would gulp millions of naira to repair.
The owner of the warehouse, Nobertgreat Atulegwu, said he brought new stock into the place in December 2022.
Atulegwu said he was leaving Aba for burial in his hometown when he received a call that his warehouse was on fire.
“On getting here, I found that everything had totally burned down. I am yet to ascertain where the fire came from.
“Unfortunately for me, it was only my warehouse that was burnt in the building, and there was no electrical device or connection in that building,” he said, sobbing.
The commander, Aba Command of the Abia Fire Service, Belenta Belenta, confirmed the incident to journalists.
Belenta said they received a distress call about the fire from the chief security officer of Ariaria International Market, Chimezie Smart.
He said his men quickly responded and quenched the fire.
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