Fire Devastates Oja Tuntun Market: Millions in Losses Reported
In a tragic incident on Saturday morning, the bustling Oja Tuntun market in Osun State faced devastation as fire engulfed the premises, resulting in the reported loss of goods worth millions of Naira.
Extent of Damage: 17 Shops Affected in Ile-Ife’s Largest Market
Fire Service Confirms Incident: Cause Remains Uncertain
Adekunle Ibrahim, the spokesperson of Osun State Fire Service, confirmed the incident. However, the cause of the fire, which occurred around 12:30 am, could not be immediately ascertained.
Firefighters from both the Osun State Fire Service and the fire unit of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, worked together to contain the blaze.
Security Measures Amidst Battling the Blaze: NSCDC Operatives on Guard
While firefighting efforts were underway, Kehinde Adeleke, the Public Relations Officer of the Osun NSCDC, reported that operatives of the command were on guard to prevent looting.
The focus remained on halting the spread of the fire to other parts of the market.
Market Leader Expresses Distress: Plea for Market Reconstruction and Government Intervention
Falilat Lawal, the leader of the market women in Oja Tuntun Market, expressed distress over the recurring fire incidents.
She urged the state and federal governments to intervene by reconstructing and transforming the market into a thriving commercial hub. Lawal emphasized the inadequately arranged shops as a contributing factor to the vulnerability of the market.