An early morning fireplace on the common Mechanic Village in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, precipitated an estimated N15 million in damages as motor spare components and about eight automobiles had been reportedly destroyed, yesterday.
A night hearth additionally reportedly razed a filling station in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, together with different adjourning residential buildings and enterprise workplaces.
Vanguard gathered that the Abakaliki inferno, which began at about 1a.m., would have engulfed all the mechanic web site however for the short intervention of the state hearth service.
The scene of the fireplace incident was nonetheless lined with smoke that was billowing from automobiles, tyres and different spare elements yesterday afternoon, whereas the house owners and sympathisers watched helplessly.
One of many victims, Mr. Sunday Nworie, who couldn’t management his tears, alleged that the fireplace incident began from a close-by workshop the place apprentices might have forgotten to extinguish the burning firewood they utilized in refurbishing automotive shock absorbers.
Nevertheless, the proprietor of the workshop, Mr. Livinus Nwadume, denied the allega-tion, stating that he doesn’t make use of burning firewood to restore broken automobile elements.
Additionally, Mr. Nwadume described the incident as unlucky, claiming that he misplaced hundreds of Naira value of tyres and different spare components.
A workshop proprietor, the place 5 automobiles had been destroyed, Mr. George Brother, stated he had knowledgeable the homeowners concerning the harm and referred to as on the state authorities to increase the mechanic village with a view to forestall future incidence.
On the Ado-Ekiti inferno, which began at about 4p.m., it was stated that a tanker that was delivering gas on the station started to emit smoke, which snowballed right into a ravaging inferno when a driver, who queued for gas, switched on the ignition of his car and the closest gas pump ignited.
The inferno razed a number of buildings, the filling station and close by workplaces. The variety of buildings, workplaces, autos and human casualties had not been ascertained at press time.
In the meantime, hoodlums took over your entire space, cashing in on the incident to interrupt into retailers and rob harmless passers-by.
The fireplace lasted for about three hours earlier than the state fireplace service might include it.
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