The fire incident that took place in Calabar in the Marian Market destroyed 100 shops and properties worth millions of naira.
According to eyewitness report, it was said the fire broke out on Friday night. The cause of the incident was an electrical fault in a shop after power was restored in the area.
They said they called the fire service but they were slow to respond and the fire spread to other adjoining shops before the Nigerian Navy fire truck brought the situation under control.
One of the victim, Mrs Eme Bassey, 54, said that the fire destroyed her goods which was worth up to N300,000 together with her shop.
She explained that she had been supplied water melon worth up to N500,000 from her major distributor in Markurdi about three days ago. She said the fire outbreak had rendered her hopeless.
She lamented that she don’t even know where to start from as her shop has been burnt to ashes. She said it was so painful to the extent she could no longer bear the pain especially in this period of the Covid19 pandemic.
Mr. Princewill Ayim, who is the Director General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, sympathised with those that lost their properties in the inferno and promised that something will be done to help those that lost their properties in the inferno.