In the early hours of Tuesday, a mysterious fire broke out at the Main Market in Onitsha, Anambra State. The market, reputed to be the biggest in West Africa, is home to a large population of traders who mainly deal in imported goods and a wide range of products.
According to Mr. Barth Ifediora, a source who raised the alarm, the fire broke out early in the morning at a section of the market known as White House. This section of the market is an expansive two-storey building that houses the office of the market leaders, several meeting halls, and offices on the first and second floors, while the ground floor hosts various shops.
Reports indicate that the block of shops under the White House was mostly affected by the fire. This section of the market is known for the sale of expensive lace materials. As of the time of filing this report, Martin Agbili, the fire service boss in Anambra State, could not be reached for a comment on the incident.
However, traders have mobilized to the market to help fight the fire. This incident is a significant blow to the traders who rely on their businesses for their livelihood. The market is a crucial hub for commerce in the region and provides job opportunities for thousands of people.
It is unclear what caused the fire, but the incident underscores the need for improved safety measures in public spaces, particularly in markets where the risk of fire outbreaks is high. The State Government and relevant authorities must take proactive measures to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.
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