As everyone celebrates new year on the 1st of January, residents of Ikoku spare parts market in Port Harcourt were busy putting out fire. According to our source, fire destroyed five houses and razed unused cars
The fire started at about 10.a.m on Tuesday at the dump site of the market in Gambia Street, said one of the eye witnesses.
The cause of the fire was said to be unknown. The eyewitness said the fire destroyed unused cars and other spare parts at the dump site and later spread to surrounding buildings.
Fire fighters from the Agip Oil Company responded to distress call and were busy putting out the fire while occupants and spare parts owners were seen emptying their shops and houses of goods and properties.
The spokesman for the Rivers Police Command, Mr. Ben Ugwuegbalam who confirmed the incident told newsmen that policemen were sent to the area to make sure lives and properties were safe.
“The command received a report of the fire incident at Ikoku motor parts market. We have sent our men to ensure that hoodlums do not capitalise on the incident to steal from the stores in the neigbourhood”
“We have also told residents of the area and owners of stores to report to the police any incident of stealing or acts that could lead to breakdown of law and order,’’ he said.
“We are on top of the situation and would sure that criminals did not use the opportunity to pilfer things”, says Ugwuegbulam. and he stressed that the command had not been informed of any loss of life from the scene