Traders weep, count losses after Aba motor park fire

Traders at the popular Aba motor park in Umuahia North Local Government of Abia State wept like children after fire engulfed the park yesterday.

They have lost goods, worth millions, and this is a New Year for new school fees and new commitments.

The cause of the fire could not be ascertained last night. It was, however, gathered that the fire started from a shop used to store Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS).

Shop owners described their loss as huge.

A sympathiser, Dan, said: “The cause of the fire is not known. This is the second time fire would be destroying this park, and it always happens at this time of year.”

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Findings showed that the dry weather aggravated the situation, and men of the fire service were not available to help as the people were shouting “call the fire service.”

No death was recorded last night but the fire raged on and smoke turned the atmosphere black, especially from the Bende Road towards the railway tower.

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