May 18, 2024

Fire Razes Four Shops In Benin

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By Simeon OSAJIE

Men of the Federal Fire Service, Edo State Fire Service, Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport Benin, the University of Benin Fire Service (UNIBEN) and the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) today, 24th April, 2024 battled helplessly to put out a raging fire that gulfed four shop on the busy Ugbowo-Lagos Road, Benin City, Edo State capital.

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The fire incident was said to have started from one of the shops dealing on Hospital and Laboratory equipment, and later spread to other shops within the building.

It was gathered that the fire incident occurred by 2.00pm and caused a lot of anxiety as residents and shop owners made frantic effort to salvage the goods, while operatives of the different fire services were on ground to fight the fire, without any luck.

The9jaTREND who visited the scene of the inferno discovered that all four shops directly opposite the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) was completely razed in the inferno.

Speaking with one of the shop owners who operates a Boutique, Mr. Sunday Madubuko said about 2.45pm, a shop next to his was on fire, as he was told by the shop sales girl.

“The sales girl ran to my shop telling me that fire is burning in our office, I told her I don’t have fire extinguisher. Before I knew it, the fire extended to my Boutique. All know is that the fire started from the Laboratory Shop and spread to other shops. The cause of the fire, I still don’t know. What I lost in the inferno is goods worth over N20,000,000,” Madubuko said.

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