Early morning fire on Tuesday has send residents of Eyo Edem in Calabar south local government in Cross River in a state of agony as properties worth millions of Naira to fire that engulfed over six houses and shops.
Eye witness report gathered that the inferno which occurred at about 2:30am on destroyed shops, homes and other commercial valuables.
Caretaker of one of the buildings affected, Mbo Bassey, confirmed that over 6 houses and 4 shops were razed down. He said the fire could have been caused by an electrical fault from one of the shops affected by the fire.
According to Bassey, “Although there was no light (electricity) yesterday night when the shops were closing, but I want to strongly believe that one of the tailoring shops or the barbing saloon had left an electrical appliance(s) on and went home, which ignited the fire when the power was later restored early hours of this morning.”
One of the victims of the fire, Moses Enobong, said the “We contacted the State Fire Service, and they responded quickly but nothing much was done due to epileptic equipment they were using.”
He however called on government to equip the Fire Agency with functional fire-fighting tools that would aid in delivering better services in future occurrences.
At the time of filing this report, no casualties or injuries were recorded, only properties were destroyed as none of the occupants were able to pick even a pin from the burnt building.
When contacted, Public Relation Officer, State Fire Service, Cletus Makpere, confirmed the tragic incident noting that the fire service responded swiftly to put out the fire before it could spread further to damages to other properties in the area.