Twelve shops were completely razed down in a shopping complex with goods worth millions of naira in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
The shopping complex located near the popular Ile Abiye Hospital on Ilawe Road was gutted by fire yesterday. But too much damage has been done before men of the State Fire Service reached the scene.
One of the victims, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Genge claimed that some unidentified persons were burning the bush inside the Ile Abiye hospital which later spread into the complex.
Mrs Genge said: “Some people were burning the bush and refuse inside Ile Abiye and it spread to the complex here. I don’t know where to start again, but I want the government to assist us”.
Another victim, Chukwuemeka Damike, said: “I went to town to buy something and some people called me shouting Fire! Fire!! I ran back only to discover that my shop has been burnt.
“The shop is finished, I have nothing else, and even One Naira is not in my pocket again”.
Oluwabanke Ojo, an expectant mother, lamented the huge loss incurred in the blaze. According to her, she is a graduate who took to trading after looking for jobs without success for six years.
Ekiti NEMA Head of Operations, Saheed Akiode, said the agency contacted the Fire Service after receiving a distress call. He noted that recommendations will be made to the appropriate authorities for assistance to the victims.