Goods worth millions of naira were destroyed in an early morning inferno that gutted over 20 shops and houses at Obanla area in Akure, the Ondo State capital yesterday.
According to an eyewitness, one Mr Akeem Adewale told The Hope Metro that the fire destroyed property and goods worth millions of naira.
It was gathered that the fire started early hours on Sunday at about 4:30am, and all efforts to quench the fire was said to have yielded no results.
One of the owners of the shops gutted by fire, Mr. Chibueke, recounted his experience. He told Metro Hope that the fire started from one of the shops on their line.
He added that it is possible to be power surge or anything. He said all his goods worth millions of naira were razed by fire and burnt beyond.
Another owner of the affected shops, who could not say a word as tears rolled down from her face was lamenting about where to start again.
Many residents tried to put out the fire and also took possession of some stationery materials from bookstores affected by the inferno.
Some of the properties destroyed by the fire are, tailoring materials shops, Bookshops,Mtn shops and some houses.
The affected owners pleaded with the government to come to their aids.
Recounting her losses, Mrs Atinuke Ogoh who owns a provision store at the area said she was at home when she received a call from somebody that fire has gutted her shop.
She explained that she quickly ran to her shop and on getting there many sympathizers were trying to put off the fire and her shop has been affected while N100,000 she collected for contribution was stolen and all property destroyed.
She said she cannot quantify what was destroyed in her shop, and however appealed to government to come to her aid.
Also speaking, Mrs Modupe Daramola who sells food items said all her everything was gutted by the inferno.
She stated the properties destroyed by the fire cannot be easily quantified.
Mrs Famoguro Bose whose shop was also affected lamented losses, adding that a lot of properties have been destroyed and that nobody could explained the immediate cause of the fire outbreak.