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Fire Razes Shops In Benin

An afternoon fire on Wednesday razed four shops opposite the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) along Benin- Lagos Road, Ugbowo, Benin- City, Edo State.

The men of the Federal Fire Service, Edo State Fire Service, Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport Benin, the University of Benin Fire Service (UNIBEN) and the University of Benin Teaching Hospital Fire Service (UBTH) battled helplessly to put out a raging fire that engulfed the shops.

The fire incident was said to have started in one of the shops, dealing in Hospital and Laboratory equipment, and later spread to other shops within the building.

It was gathered that the fire incident occured by 2 pm and caused a lot of anxiety as residents and shop owners made frantic efforts to salvage the goods, while operatives of the different fire services were on ground to fight the fire, without any luck.

When our correspondent visited the scene of the inferno, it was discovered that all four shops directly opposite the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) were completely razed down.

Speaking with one of the shop owners who operates a Boutique, Mr. Sunday Madubuko said about 2.45pm, a shop next to his was on fire, as he was told by the shop attendant.

” The sales girl ran to my shop telling me that a fire was burning in our office, I told her I don’t have a fire extinguisher. Before I knew it, the fire extended to my Boutique.

“All I know is that the fire started from the Laboratory Shop and spread to other shops. The cause of the fire, I still don’t know. What I lost in the inferno is goods worth over N20,000,000.”Madubuko said.

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