One burnt in shop as midnight fire ravages FCT market

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Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

An early morning fire on Thursday destroyed the Gwarimpa Tipper Market, killing one person.

  The deceased was believed to have been burnt in his shop when the fire started a round 12.30am and spread to other structures.

The cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained.

Our correspondent who visited the scene observed that 95 per cent of the shops in the market were consumed by the fire.

Over 10 tricycles parked at the market overnight were also destroyed, as well as countless live fishe, perishables and non-perishable commodities.

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The fire was still smouldering when The PUNCH visited the scene as burnt carrots, cabbages and onions littered the ground.

The traders were seen counting their losses as they clustered in groups, discussing the tragedy.

A fish seller, Adamu Mohammed said he lost 130 pieces of catfish while Auwal Lafia disclosed that he lost over 70.

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Another trader, who identified himself simply as Quadri, said it would take some time for the victims to recover from the shock of the tragic incident.

According to him, over 300 traders were affected by the fire, adding that the people needed government intervention to “weather this temptation.”

He stated,  “We can’t just explain why this tragedy has befallen us this early in the year. We have not estimated our losses but it is in the realm of millions of naira.”

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The Federal Capital Territory police spokesperson, ASP Miriam Yusuf confirmed the death of an unidentified person in the fire.

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