An early morning fire, yesterday, gutted a section of the popular Bodija Market in Ibadan, Oyo State capital. Reports gathered suggests that parts of the market got burnt, while some traders are counting their losses.
The affected areas include, Ori-igi, Daleko and Iso Elewa. An affected trader, Ganiyu Asimiyu, said the fire started from an unknown source as early as 3:00a.m.
According to him, although, the cause of the fire could not be ascertained, it was gathered it may have been caused by high power voltage in the market.
Another trader, Isiaka Kafilat, lamented that she lost goods worth about N2 million in the incident.
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Contacted, Director of Operations, Oyo State Fire Service, Ismail Adeleke, confirmed that Oyo State Fire Service has promptly intervened to minimize the impact of the outbreak. He said: “We received a call at about 5:35a.m. We immediately moved in and put out the fire.
“There was no loss of life and nobody was injured in the incident. We didn’t receive any call from the people in the market, it was a policeman in the Yemetu area of the city that called and we responded swiftly.”
Adeleke advised residents to always put safety measures in place to prevent fire outbreaks and to always call fire service immediately there is an outbreak.
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