An inferno has razed down parts of popular Timber market, Kenyatta, Enugu state, destroying goods, shops and machines worth more than N2 billion.
It was gathered that the fire started after the close of work, around 7pm on Friday and raged into the midnight despite the intervention of the State Fire Service.
More than 300 shops and 150 machines of different sizes were destroyed completely.
The early arrival of the men of the fire service however prevented the entire market being consumed by the inferno.
State Governor and the State Emergency Management Agency, were on ground around 9pm to coordinate activities of the fire fighters.
One of the fire fighters, Mr. Ogbonna Onyekachukwu, said the cause of the fire cannot be immediately ascertained, but said it have been electrical spark.
He said arson was unlikely given that the timber traders had a good network of internal security within the market.
The fireman said the the State Fire Service was already on ground when the fire started as they have a unit within the market.
A trader who gave his name as Onaga Odo estimated the damage to be over two billion naira (N2 billion).
The affected lines in the market were Lines 2, 3, and 4 with assorted machines including a giant spindle, sharpening machines, and several generating sets completely burned down.
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Source: Coal City Connect