Anambra State Fire Service says it averted the late Tuesday night fire incident that destroyed goods worth millions of Naira from spreading to other shops in Awka.
Mr. Martin Agbili, state Director of the Service told newsmen on Wednesday that the incident consumed all the fabrics, machines and working tools in the shop but no life was lost.
Agbili said that the cause of the fire outbreak was yet unknown, as no trace to the cause was detected at the time of fighting the incident and the owner was not available to give a clue.
“On arrival at the scene, lots of damage have been done in the shop and the owner was not around to give details of what happened,’’ he said.
Miss Cynthia Nwosu, an eye witness and a neighbor to the shop that got burnt, told newsmen that the incident occurred when electricity was restored.
“Mr. Ade Mohammad, owner of the Ade Fabrics shop had closed for the day before the restoration of electricity that led to the incident.
“Immediately EEDC restored the electricity, something busted inside the shop and there was smoke. I put out a call to Mohammed who rushed to the scene.
“On arrival, he broke the window to enter the shop, but the flame was too much, so we used sand, detergent, and water to put it off but we were overwhelmed by the fire.
“Another neighbor then put a call across to the fire service officer, whose timely intervention saved the fire from entering into nearby shops,’’ she said.
Nwosu noted that Mohammed had lost property worth millions of Naira because the fabrics and the industrial machines he used for his business were many.
She alleged that electric surge must have been the cause of the fire outbreak as it happened when electricity was restored with a sound from inside the shop
Another neighbor, Mrs. Chiamaka Ikejiofor, owner of an electronic shop under the building, said she heard loud voices and on coming out, she saw that her neighbor’s shop was being destroyed by fire.
Ikejiofor thanked God that no lives were lost and appealed to EEDC to install electric gadgets that would control power before distributing it as the cause of the inferno must have been because of the power surge.
Mr. Tony Ibe, one of the sympathizers advised electricity consumers to always be careful in handling electrical appliances.
“If electricity users unplug electric appliances that are not in use, such incident will be averted,’’ he said.
Mohammed, who could not quantify the cost of what was lost, said that he used a generator set to carry out his business and switched it off at the end of the business day and as such could not link the fire outbreak to any electrical fault.
He thanked God that no lives were lost and expressed happiness over the quick intervention of the firefighters.