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A massive tragedy has struck in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, following the mammoth destruction of a section of the popular Eke Market, in Afikpo Town by a strange fire which had torn the market apart on Tuesday evening.
While goods which were worth millions of naira including shops were destroyed by the fire, no life was reported to have been lost.
The cause of the fire was not determined as at the time of this report but the traders who were taken unawares had made their frantic efforts to save their goods without success as the fire burnt their goods with so much intensity. And to add salt to injury, the fire Service Unit in Afikpo could not also mobilise to quench the raging inferno because its equipment were reportedly not functional.
This development prompted the youths of the Area to mobilize and stop the fire from further escalation.
Meanwhile, Hon Lilian Ngozi Eziuloh, member representing Afikpo North East Constituency, Ebonyi State House of Assembly has consoled the victims of the fire outbreak.
According to her, “I sympathize with victims of Afikpo fire outbreak that took place at Eke Market Motor Park at about 10pm on 12th July 2022. With sincere heart filled with sympathy and empathy knowing full well the consequences of this disaster on those directly affected, I pray you shall recover all you have lost in Jesus name Amen.
“To Afikpo youths who volunteered to quench the fire amidst the intensity and absence of Fire service at the time they were most needed, God will reward you here on Earth and in Heaven for your contribution in communal and selfless service to save humanity.
“Afikpo North be consoled and remember the word of God in psalm 34:18″The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit”.