Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) –By Bertrams Esegbue:
As the harmattan season sets in, Obiaruku, headquarters of Ukwuani local government area of Delta state had its first shot of inferno crisis.
The town was recently thrown into agony as they watched helplessly while fire razed shops and commodities estimated to be worth over 50 million naira.
The incidence started at about 6.30pm on the fatefull evening on Saturday 26th of November, 2016. An eyewitness confided to Blank NEWS Online that the fire was started by a woman who sells black market fuel and kerosine products at a location along the old Sapele/Agbor road, opposite the main market at Obiaruku.
The source who reguested to remain anonymous, explained that as the woman concluded the day’s business, she then swept the surroundings and gathered the accumulated debris which she set on fire, unmindful of the gallons of petroluem products she kept nearby.
The source further revealed that while the fire razed, a mysterious breeze blew some piarticles of the debris with glowing flames to the nearby fuel and kerozine products which then set off a big explosion in the place.
All efforts made by residents and passersby to put off the fire proved abortive as the fire engulfed the shops in the location and razed them to ashes. Two of the shops were said to contain over 100 bags of rice which is the staple food of the forthcoming Christmas celebration and which price has skyrocketed to all time high.
Neither the local government council chairman nor influential politicians from the local government area have shown concern.
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