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Goods worth millions have been destroyed after fire ravaged the popular Oil Mill Market located along Aba Road in Port Harcourt.
The inferno, whose cause could not be determined, was said to have started on Saturday morning.
An eyewitness said the fire raged for many hours before fire fighters arrived to put it out.
One of the victims, who spoke in confidence, said she recently borrowed money to purchase goods, which were all consumed by the fire.
She said: “This morning I was still sleeping when I received a call that the market was on fire. When I got there, all my goods and those of others had been destroyed.
“A trailer load of yam, garri and charcoal which we off loaded were all burnt. Women are crying because what they have been using to manage their life have been lost.
“Please Governor Wike come and help us. We are dying because of the fire.”
The Chairman, Community Development Committee (CDC), Rumuokwrushi, O. C Wosu said the cause of the fire had yet to be determined.
He said: “I got distressed calls from so many traders calling me that some section of the oil mill market was on fire. I quickly called the fire services. As God will have it, the Total E&P fire service, the Shell fire service also came. And they were able to contain the fire.
“I thank God that there was no casualty. The traders whose goods were affected, you know goods, including buildings worth over N500, 000.
“I call on the Rivers State and the local government area to come and assist these people”.
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