An early morning fire outbreak that occurred in the Sabo market of Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State on Tuesday has destroyed over 100 shops.
The fire reportedly destroyed goods and valuables worth millions of naira.
The inferno started around 2am on Tuesday from the cloth sellers’ section and reportedly spread to other sections of the market.
The cause of the fire was said to be a power upsurge that occurred when electricity was restored by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company(IBEDC) to the area.
One of the shop owners, who is the Chairman of Table Water and Beverages Producers Association of Nigeria, Remo zone, Adetola Soyemi, told The PUNCH that over 100 shops were razed.
When asked about the number of shops affected, Soyemi said: “There are many shops affected. There are over 100 shops affected.”
On what caused the incident fire, he said: “It was the electricity they restored that led to a spark around 2am, and if not for the men of the fire service, it would have spread to all the sections of the market.”
On the affected areas in the market, Soyemi said: “Cloth sellers, yam flour sellers, grain sellers, herb sellers, kola nut sellers, padlock shops and building materials sections were affected.”