FIRE yesterday razed down parts of Oturkpo Main Market in Benue State to make it second time the premises were gutted in 2020.
An eyewitness said the fire which started about 8:00 am around an area called ‘Lagos Line’ spread to another section and destroyed goods worth millions of naira.
It took arrival of Oturkpo Fire Service officials to help put out the fire and prevent what would have been a total destruction of the market.
About 100 shops were burnt in the inferno which some accounts blamed on dry weather.
Chairman of Oturkpo Council Area, George Alli, confirmed the incident, and listed areas affected to include the building materials section as well as electronics and plastic materials sections of the market.
He said he has taken steps to addressed incessant fire outbreak and appealed for calm by traders.
According to Alli, it was still too early to ascertain the worth of property destroyed by the inferno.
“Early hours of this morning, I got a call that there was a fire incident at the Oturkpo Main Market and I quickly put a call through to the Fire Service and they promptly responded and put out the fire. We lost about 64 shops. The market is actually chocked and we are trying to see how we can put access roads in the market. We are urging the traders association to cooperate with the local government on this. At a point, they took us to court but eventually withdrew. We need their cooperation on this because the traders are always at the receiving end whenever this kind of incident happens. This development is sad. I sympathise with the traders of the affected shops and feel their losses in these trying times. I thank God that no life was lost. I want to also commend men of the Oturkpo Fire Service for quickly responding to the calls to contain the fire,” Alli said.