FIRE OUTBREAK RENDERS FAMILIES HOMELESS, DESTROYS PROPERTIES WORTH MILLIONS OF NAIRA
By Sunday Memeh
It was a pathetic situation to behold as fire outbreak rendered families homeless at the early morning of Saturday, July 8, 2023, in Boji-Boji, Owa, Delta State.
Speaking with Ika Weekly Newspaper Reporter during an interview, one of victims of the fire incident, Mr. Orekwe of Omumua Local Government Area of Imo State, said he was at home with his family when he was informed that there was fire outbreak at his shop.
According to him, “There was no electricity (light) when the fire outbreak started. We cannot tell exactly what led to the fire outbreak, but all we know is that it started from one of my neighbour’s apartment and suddenly spread all over the building.
“I left #500,000 in the room, given to me to rent another house; the said amount of money and all our properties were burnt to ashes.
“I am a distributor of bread and I take care of my three children and my wife through the business. I am appealing to the government and other spirited Nigerians to come to my aid because we have nothing left, except the clothes that we were putting on to sleep, ” he said.
Another victim, Miss. Miracle Achikwukere, an indigene of Oji River, Imo State, while crying for help, said, “The fire incident occurred at about 5:30 am on that fateful Saturday.
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“I woke up that early morning and decided to go the shop where I am an apprentice in a Printing Workshop along Convent Street, Boji-Boji, Owa to enable me clean up the shop before going to join my fellow youths for the morning devotion.
“I was at my place of work, when someone came to tell me that my room was on fire. Before I could rush to the scene, the situation had already gone beyond control.
“I was not able to bring out anything from the room including my phone and other documents,” she said.
Speaking further while, she passionately appealed to the Government and well-meaning Nigerians for financial support to enable her rent another one room apartment and replace her damaged properties.
The victims can be reached at No. 16 Convent by Morka Street Boji-Boji, Owa, Delta State.
Meanwhile, all effort made to interview other tenants of the burnt building proved abortive. This is because they were not around as at the time of filing this report.