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Six die, many injured in Abuja inferno

NEWSMAN, Abuja – No fewer than six persons were said to have died while several others sustained various degree of injuries from an early morning inferno that engulfed Tipper Market, 3rd Avenue, Gwarinpa in Abuja.

The fire, according to an eyewitness, was caused by a spark in one of the shops around 12am.

“it raged for about two hours before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fire Service got to the scene.”

Men of the fire service didn’t arrive the scene until 2 am, two hours after the market was engulfed by fire claiming that they were not informed on time, another eyewitness said.

It was learnt that hoodlums who took advantage of the crisis, vandalised shops, while failing to rescue those trapped in the inferno.

Firefighters were reportedly called after the hoodlums carried out their nefarious activities.

Five bodies were later evacuated to the morgue, while one was burnt to ashes and couldn’t be recovered.

Others who sustained various degrees of injuries were rushed to the hospital.

Houses sharing fences with the market were also affected.

Residents of War College Estate had to keep vigil throughout the night.

One of the eyewitnesses said: “We were woken up last night at about 12am. Almost every resident of the Estate had to rush to the scene of the fire outbreak. We were all helpless and couldn’t do anything.”

“Six people had already been burnt to death before the firefighters arrived. Some of the shop owners usually sleep there, they were trapped in their shops, he added.

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