200 Shops Razed By Fire In Plank Market On Christmas Day In Ibadan

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Tragedy struck in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Friday, as more than 200 shops were reportedly burnt down at a major plank market at Alaro area of Sango.

Although the exact cause of the fire, which started around 3 pm is yet to be established, sketchy reports hold it that the fire was as a result of the stockpile of planks and heaps of sawdust in the market. As at 7.30 pm, men of the state fire service were seen trying to put out the fire, which was still raging, The Punch reports.

Some of the traders estimate the loss to the fire incident to be over N250m and expressed fear that if they failed to put out the fire, it could extend to other shops overnight.

One of the traders, who simply identified himself as Adegoke, expressed anger at the fire service and described their efforts as “lame and inadequate”.

He said, “Since today (Friday) is Christmas, I decided to observe it at home like many of our members. But a customer called me on my mobile telephone while I was at home. I left my shop around 2.30pm after attending to the customer who urgently needed some goods.

“He said he urgently needed to buy some planks, so I went to the shop. After the transaction, I closed the shop and went back home. I was surprised when I received a call 30 minutes later that the market was on fire.”

“I am a medium-sized trader, but there are traders here with planks and equipment worth more than N5m in their shops,” he said. Apart from the planks, several sawing machines and other logging equipment were lost in the fire. I lost goods worth N3.5m,” Adegoke added.

Reacting to the incident, another trader, Afolabi, said instead of bringing more fire service trucks to the scene, only one was sent, which had to leave the scene three times to get more water.

He said, “Each time the vehicle left to refill water, we lost more shops because the fire would gain more ground. Don’t forget that this is the time of the year when there are more fire incidents. More fire service vehicles are needed to forestall possible overnight fire here. As you can see, we now pay to bring water tanker to help the fire service men.”


emma4love3 (m) at 26-12-2015 01:43PM
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mmmmmmm my brothers unah sorry oooh
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kp45 (m) at 26-12-2015 01:49PM
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Na wa ooo Sorry
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Novic (m) at 26-12-2015 03:50PM
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This is tragedy news, Plank market vs fire was nt going to be easy to handle.  This is great lost, i hope God enrich the affect people in mutiple ways.
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zezprincess (f) at 26-12-2015 04:05PM
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Chaaii,why too many fire disaster this yuletide,anyway,Let's give GOD thanks&praises say no life was lost unlike the one that happened in Nnewi where hundreds of life was lost,This is harmattan period&we need to be very careful with smoke&fire.To those that their shop got burnt,So far there is life,there is hope.
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cocoeni (f) at 26-12-2015 04:09PM
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lord have mercy
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gogoman (m) at 26-12-2015 05:11PM
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This is the people DASUKI, should have shared the looted money with.. not his padi padi
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SOGaiya (m) at 26-12-2015 07:54PM
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wat a great lost
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winace (f) at 26-12-2015 10:52PM
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Dis harmattan is really causing a lot of damage o.
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esgo (f) at 26-12-2015 11:57PM
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 why is only one truck   only one truck   hmmmmmm am sorry
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sheffy1981 (m) at 27-12-2015 03:45AM
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Lack of system.
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Oworen25 (m) at 27-12-2015 05:03AM
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This is the more reason why our government most make adequate fire fighters in every corner of the state so that it will be easier to fight any fire breakout. Sorry to those who are involved in this big lost.
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diezo (m) at 27-12-2015 04:03PM
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يراقب الله !!!
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botlex (m) at 29-12-2015 09:06AM
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The season always come with its tragedy. The state government ought to help those that lost their goods to fire.
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botlex (m) at 29-12-2015 09:07AM
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Quote from: mr gogo on 26-12-2015 05:11PM
This is the people DASUKI, should have shared the looted money with.. not his padi padi
This your comment no just tally at all. No be by force to comment nah.
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Mopera (m) at 30-12-2015 05:58PM
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This is tragedy news, Plank market
vs fire was nt going to be easy to
handle.  This is great lost, i hope
God enrich the affect people in
mutiple ways.
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Mopera (m) at 30-12-2015 05:59PM
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This is tragedy news, Plank market
vs fire was nt going to be easy to
handle.  This is great lost, i hope
God enrich the affect people in
mutiple ways.
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