By David Nsa
Some families have now been rendered homeless after fire ate up their home (properties inclusive) No. 14 Foster street, off Main Avenue in Calabar South, Cross River State.
Our reporter who arrived the scene early hour of Tuesday morning gathered that the fire started at about 6pm the previous day from an apartment of one of the occupant’s apartment.
Miss. Lizzy an eye witness told this reporter that “the woman was about to cook, she put on the gas and went to look for matches, on returning she light the matches and boom the fire came up, burning everything to the ground leaving them with nothing.
“Thank God because it was just a day before the incident, that the woman’s husband took the children to for holidays if not by now we would have been singing another song.” She said.
Another eye witness also affirmed that the fire brought down the whole building leaving them with nothing, thanked God that no one was home when the inferno started.
As at the time of filing this report none of the victims where on ground for comment and men of the State Fire Service had already taken care of the situation.
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Relatively, the member representing Obudu State Constituency in the Cross River House of Assembly, Hon. Godwin Akwaji has commiserated with the victims of the fire outbreak in the Obudu main market.
Reacting to the development, Hon. Akwaji stated that “it is very frustrating to have people set up their businesses to cater for the welfare of their families, and all of a sudden, you realize that everything you have laboured and set up a business is razed down by fire outbreak.”
He called to the Acting Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to join him for on the spot assessment of the incidence.
While advising shop owners to think of proper precautionary measures to avert future fire outbreaks, he added that “as Africans, we are engrossed in curative measures other than the acceptable preventive measures in dealing or handling our challenges.”
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