Traders wailed uncontrollably early Tuesday morning as they watched their goods go up in flames at the popular Ogbeogonogo market in the heart of Asaba, Delta state capital.
Ogbogonogo Modern Market, is the major foodstuff and commodities market spreading linear about a kilometre along the ever busy Nnebisi Road and running down the banks of the River Niger.
The inferno, which gutted a section of the market, was said to have started at about 8am, consuming the entire livestock section and a section of the tailoring materials and fabrics line.
Although there was no report of loss of life, but chicken and goats were roasted while sewing machines, tailoring items and other goods worth millions of naira, were lost to the raging fire
As at the time of filing this report, the cause of the inferno was not known, but market sources attributed it to an electrical fault which sparked and ignited the lightning that characterised the early morning rain.
Our correspondent gathered that the state government through the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency, visited the scene of the fire.
Director General of the agency, Mrs. Amaechi Mrakpor was said to be one of the early callers while the fire was still raging and sympathised with affected traders. She however kept mute during the visit.
The DSCTDA had issued a three-month ultimatum to the traders to vacate the area and secure spaces inside the main market.
Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government Area, Comrade Uche Osadebe who later came to the scene, called in the services of an excavator to clear the burnt shops to enable the fire service truck gain access into the market to put off the fire completely.
Meanwhile the traders were already counting their losses. One of the affected traders said “I am finished! All my sewing machines are gone. Even materials that I collected from customers all got burnt in the shop.”
An eyewitness said that angry traders almost lynched a police officer at the scene as people were scampering for safety, trying to salvage their goods but were prevented from having a free-for-all.
“The first state fire service truck that came to rescue the situation ran out of water while the fire was still on.
“As at 9:26am, the fourth fire service truck arrived while Good Samaritans were serving water from the gutter to quench the fire but to no avail”, he narrated.
The source disclosed that the fire spread ostensibly because of the closeness of shops to one another, a development which the source said made it difficult for the fire fighters to gain access into the market to battle it.

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