Traders at the Araromi auto spare parts Agodi-Gate, Ibadan, Oyo state have been counting their loses following a fire that razed the market late Friday night.
The fire was said to have started at 11:00 pm on Friday and razed over 100 shops.
Some of the goods which got burnt down included motor spare parts, tyres, cables, engines, and vehicle accessories.
According to a story first published by Sunday Tribune, the Babaloja of Araromi spare parts market, Chief Waheed Azeez, said that the inferno started on Friday night around 11:00pm after everybody had left their shops saying high votage may have caused the inferno.
He said: “It was discovered that there was electricity spark around the tyres due to power surge and the fire escalated. Effort to reach out to the Oyo State Fire Service did not materialise on time and when their personnel arrived, it was a bit late as the inferno had already caused serious destruction.
“We have lost a fortune to this unfortunate incident; investments worth millions of naira have been lost. In fact, most traders here have just restocked their shops. This is a colossal, may God take control.
“We are appealing to the government, especially the Federal Government, to come to our aid because this is beyond the state government. This is a community on his own, we want our kind-hearted governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, to please help us mitigate this loss because this is a setback for all shop owners here. Also, another victim who is into Toyota spare parts business, Mohammed Adekunle could only count his losses,” he stated.