No fewer than six persons were reportedly killed and several others injured on Thursday, following a fire incident at Tipper Market on 3rd Avenue, Gwarinpa in Abuja.
The fire was said to have started from a spark in one of the shops and raged on four about two hours before the arrival of the Federal Fire Service.
An eyewitness told The Nation that firefighters did not arrive at the scene until 2am after the market was engulfed by fire.
Hoodlums took advantage of the situation to vandalise the shops and carry out other nefarious activities before the firefighters arrived.
Five bodies were said to have been recovered from the fire and taken to the morgue. One was burnt to ashes while those injured were rushed to the hospital.
An eyewitness was quoted saying, “We were woken up last night at about 12am. Almost every resident of the Estate had to rush to the scene of the fire outbreak. We were all helpless and couldn’t do anything.
“For over two hours, firefighters didn’t come to the scene. Six people had already been burnt to death before they arrived. Some of the shop owners usually sleep there. So, they were trapped in their shops.
“Many people have lost their sources of livelihood. Even private houses were burnt too. It was a sad situation. The corpses have been evacuated and the fire put out. It was caused by a spark in one of the shops.”
See videos and photo of the fire incident as was sent to VANTAGE NEWS by an eyewitness below: