Parts of the `Pipeline Timber Market’ in Benin was today destroyed by fire. An eyewitness Mr Precious Emmanuel, told NAN in Benin that the fire started at about 3 a.m, adding that prompt response of the fire service helped to save some parts of the market. “We woke up to see that the market was on fire. We believe that the fire was caused by those boys who smoke Indian hemp in the market… The intervention of the state fire service saved the situation. They responded quickly to the distress call put across to them.’’

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Pipeline Timber Market Mr Osaremen Monday, told NAN that the source of the fire was still unknown. According to Mr Monday, timber and machines worth millions of naira were destroyed in the fire. He appealed to the state government to assist those whose shops were affected, stressing that the market was their only source of livelihood. Some of the affected traders, Mr Emmanuel Nwadiwe and Mrs Josephine Okotoe, said they lost over N5 million in the inferno. In his comments, State Director of Fire Service Mr Frankly Agbolahor, described the incident as sad. A timber market in Sango, Ibadan was also gutted by fire on Christmas day.

It’s obvious that timber is flammable… How about we take necessary precautions!

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