Report from the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) stated that the fire outbreak took place at the Yoruba section of Watt market.
A fresh fire outbreak had damaged over 50 shops in “Watt” market sited in Calabar main town, Cross River state on Monday November 27, 2017.
Recall that about 30 people had earlier died in an explosion at LINC oil and gas tank farm, Calabar Free Trade Zone in July this year.
Report from the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) stated that the accident happened at the Yoruba section of Watt market in Calabar.
The Director General of SEMA, Mr John Inaku who visited the scene today, said the reason why the fire burnt down many shops was because the shops were built closely in the same location.
According to him; “Up till now, the cause of the fire is still unknown; over 50 shops were affected during the tragic incident.
I am here on the directives of the State Government to ascertain the cause of the outbreak and to report back so that something can be done to alleviate the plights of the victims.
If you take a critical look at the shops, they are closely located. This makes it easy for the fire to spread quickly from one shop to another.
My advice to shop owners is that they should always put off their appliances after close of business; this would go a long way to prevent disasters like this,’’ Mr Inaku advised.
Meanwhile, the major cause of the accident is still unknown and no casualty has been reported.