Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fire outbreak in Garki Market, Abuja


No fewer than 40 stalls got razed by an early morning fire at the Garki Model Market in Abuja on Saturday before it was put out.
According to Mr brahim Yahaya-Joe, the Manager, Abuja Market Management Limited (AMML), he received a distress call at about 6.02 a.m. informing him that there was a fire outbreak in the market which had started from a cold-room store before spreading to other parts adding that here were also other cold rooms and cylinders around the area which aggravated the fire
He said they tried quenching the fire with extinguishers before the arrival of the fire service personnel who came from the State House, the Federal Fire Service and the FCT Fire Service.
Yahaya-Joe advised traders to discard combustible materials, gas cylinders and other inflammable materials in their shops to avoid fire outbreak while also commending the men of the fire services for their prompt response to stop the fire.
He explained that traders were prevented from entering the market while the fire raged in a bid to prevent hoodlums from carting away valuables.
Mr Ime Eyo, Operational Commander, Federal Fire Service, Abuja, told journalist that the fire fighters arrived at the scene at 6.13a.m to put out the fire.
He said the fire was caused by a power surge, adding that about three blocks of shops were affected in the incident.
He said although there were no casualties, property worth millions of naira were lost to the fire.

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