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Fire gut timber market in Benin

Early Monday Morning, fire destroys Pipeline timber market  and other Equipment worth  millions  of naira in the market, in Benin .

An eyewitness, Mr Precious Emmanuel said, he believe that the  causes of the fire, is those boys who smoke Indian hemp in the market, because it fire started at about 3 a.m., with the prompt response of the fire service helped to save some parts of the market.

“The intervention of the state fire service saved the situation. They responded quickly to the distress call put across to them,’’ Emmanuel said.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Pipeline Timber Market, Mr Osaremen Monday, said that the source of the fire was still unknown.

According to Monday, timber and machines worth millions of naira were destroyed in the fire.

He appealed to the state government to assist those whose shops were affected, stressing that the market was their only source of livelihood.

Some of the affected traders, Mr Emmanuel Nwadiwe and Mrs Josephine Okotoe, said they lost over N5 million in the inferno.

In his comments, the state’s Director of Fire Service, Mr Frankly Agbolahor, described the incident as sad, adding however, that the timely intervention of his men saved the day.

“When we got the distress call, our men immediately mobilised to the scene of the fire and put out the fire,” Agbolahor said.

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