By Roland Bassey
Residents of IBB way in Calabar, the Cross River State capital struggled to put out a fire at a shopping plaza on Tuesday afternoon with the state’s fire service department again found wanting.
This is the most recent of fires reported in the port city of Calabar in recent times with two markets razed by an inferno less than five months ago.
And, for what seems the umpteenth time for residents, the fire at the building located at 19 IBB way was said to be caused by a surge which made the electricity cable running above the rooftop ignite some dry leaves on the the building.
Occupants and well meaning neighbors kept disagreeing over what should be the priority; evacuation of materials or putting out the fire which began at about 2:30 PM.
As at press time, the fire had been subdued while frantic efforts to cut the electricity cable from the distribution pole was ongoing.
The Public Relations Officer of the Fire Service Department, Mr. Makperr Cletus could not be reached as at press time.
However, he had blamed the woes of the department on the non funding of it by the state government while speaking as a guest on ‘The Dialogue With Agba Jalingo; a weekly radio program aired live in Hit 95.9 FM.
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