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Fire guts 6 houses in Abuja

04 June 2013, 14:03

Abuja -Property worth millions of naira were gutted by fire in Durumi-1 in the Federal Capital Territory,  FCT, Abuja, Monday. About six houses were affected.

According to an eye witness, Joshua Paul, the fire started around midnight  and was allegedly caused by power surge. He said, however, that no live was lost in the incident.

Paul said: “I wasn’t here when the fire started. I was just passing by so I saw people trying to put out the fire. I saw smoke so I decided to come by and see what happened so I saw people putting out fire and packing things out of the houses, which made me to immediately call the Federal Fire Service.

"The fire had been burning for more than one hour before the arrival of the firemen. Over four houses were affected.”

Meanwhile, one of the victims, Clement Ihuoma, a student of the National Open University, Abuja said the houses affected were about six was grateful to God to have been able to recover his credentials.

And in Kano eighty-two stores were, Monday, destroyed by fire near the Kasuwar Rimi Market in Kano metropolis.

Kassim Musa, spokesman of the State Fire Service disclosed this to NAN in an interview in Kano.

According to him, the cause of the early morning fire is still being investigated.

He said the stalls affected were outside the market, adding that the damage was reduced by the quick response of the fire service.

"The large number was recorded because the security men did not invite firemen on time.

"It was only when it became obvious that they could not contain the inferno that our men were called in at 4:55 am this morning,” he said.

Musa appealed to members of the public to always call on the appropriate authority on time in cases of fire disasters to minimise damage.

He also called on food vendors to stop indiscriminate cooking and security guards to be more alert to their responsibilities among other measures to check fire disaster.


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