Goods worth N20m lost in Bodija fire incident

Culled From Tribune

Sixteen stalls with goods estimated at about N23 million were, on Tuesday, lost in an inferno that engulfed the corn millers section of Bodija market, Ibadan. Nigerian Tribune gathered that the fire incident, which began at about 4.30a.m, consumed shops belonging to grinders, hairdressers, fashion designers and hard drink sellers. According to the chairman of Bodija Cornmillers Association, Mr Wasiu Atanda, “It happened at dawn. I don’t think light was restored anytime over the night, but there was no light before we left market yesterday. We called fire fighters who arrived under 30 minutes after we called. They used up to five tanks and spent up to two hours trying to put off the fire.” Estimating, Atanda said, “Sixteen shops were burnt, each bag of yam flour is sold at N13,000, and we have shops full of bags, there is no shop that has goods that cost less than N250,000, what was lost would be about N23million. Even, we don’t know what to tell some customers who expect to come and get their grinded goods. We need water in this market, we use only one functional transformer, the other one is weak.” As recounted by Mr Wasiu Adejare, the first eyewitness of the incident, “It started at about 4.30a.m. At that time, the fire was yet to spread to other shops. I was helpless and called on a friend who helped to rescue a fridge, generating sets and some crates of beer in a shop that was yet to be affected. That was the best we could do because we cannot lift stationed grinding machines.”

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