In Onitsha, Anambra State, a portion of the well-known main market has been gutted by fire.
It is unknown what ignited the fire, which is said to have started around midnight.
Two blocks of businesses in the Kano Street sector of the market, according to trader Obenta Jude, have already been destroyed by the blaze.
He claimed that despite the fire crews’ best efforts, the fire kept burning despite their quick arrival at the scene.
Fire Chief Engr Martin Agbili confirmed the incident and said that as soon as he was informed, his men were quickly deployed to the area.
He said: “At about 0220hrs (2.20am) of Monday 28-11-2022, Anambra State Fire Service, received a distress call of fire outbreak at Kano Street behind Main Market, Onitsha.
“However, we deployed our fire truck and firefighters to scene of fire and they have been working there. They have gone for refilling of the fire truck twice.”