No fewer than twelve block of shops were on Friday gutted by fire in Nkwo Umunze Market, Umunze, Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
No life was reportedly lost in the fire which started around 6.16am.
It was gathered that the fire outbreak emanated from New Life Line and affected about 8 block shops and about 4 batcher shops.
Though the cause of the inferno was yet to ascertained, eyewitnesses said goods worth millions of naira were destroyed in the inferno.
Fire Chief, Engr Martin Agbili confirmed no loss of life in the incident, while the cause of the fire was unknown.
He said, “At about 0616hrs, Anambra State Fire Service, through Mr. Deputy Governor Dr. Onyeka Ibezim received a distress call of fire outbreak at Nkwo Umunze Market, Umunze, Orumba South LGA, Anambra State.
“Immediately, we deployed our Firefighters and fire fighting truck to the scene of fire. The fire outbreak which emanated from NEW LIFE LINE, affected about 8 block shops and about 4 batcher shops.
“There was no lost of life and the cause of the fire outbreak is unknown as no one knew how the fire started.”
Agbili commended those who controlled and fought the fire before the arrival of firefighters, just as he appreciated former Deputy Governor of the State, Chief Emeka Sibudu who visited the scene to sympathize with victims and encourage the firefighters.