News reaching us says goods and property worth millions of naira were damaged in an early morning fire in Romaholu community, in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State on Monday.
Eye-Witnesses said the fire started around 3am when thick smokes were seen billowing into the atmosphere, adding that over 17 shops was burnt.
Some of the affected traders, who spoke to our source stated that they received telephone calls informing them of the incident, adding that they did not recover anything from their shops.
One of the victim said “This shop you are seeing now is mine. Early this morning, my brother called me to say that there was fire at my shop. Before I got here, everything was gone.
“All the shoes, bags, slippers that I sell here, everything got burnt. I don’t know where to start from now,”.
A female trader who was in tears said, “I sell shoes. This morning, they called me that my shop got burnt. When I came here, everything was in ashes.
“In this time of hardship this kind of thing is happening; where am I going to start from now? I want the government to help us because we don’t have any hope again.”
Another victim identified as Elekwashi Sunday said he lost goods worth 3.5million to the fire.
He said I deal in garri, rice, beans and other foodstuffs, what I have lost here is about 3.5millio because they just offloaded goods for me on Sunday“
As it stand sits only God that knows the kind of pains am going thought right now, he added. Sunday lamented the absence of firefighters to help put out the fire, even as he called on the government to come to their aid.
Also a woman who refused to give her name said, the fire started around 3am till 6am from the electric pole, maybe it is the connection that caused the fire, she added.
Nnamdi Omoni, spokesman for the State Police Command , who confirmed the fire incident said the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained but investigation is currently ongoing.
This is happening barely two weeks after fire razed down over 20 shops are Okwalle Waterfront in the Mile Two area of Port Hacourt , the state Capital.