An early morning fire on Tuesday razed part of Atakumosa Central Market, Adeti, Ilesha and destroyed goods worth millions of naira. The inferno which started around 1 am affected several shops located at the entrance of the market but was later subdued through the combined efforts of the police and firemen.
Administrative Officer of Osun State Fire Service, Fatai Aremu, said despite early response to the distress call, barriers at the entrance of the affected shops did not allow the firemen access. Aremu said the damage caused by the fire incident was severe, as he claimed that the cause of the incident had not been ascertained.
Osun Police Command, while reacting, said men were deployed in the scene of the incident to prevent looting immediately, it was informed of the inferno. The command spokesperson, Folasade Odoro, said no life was lost but confirmed that several shops were razed.
She said the command got informed of the incident and mobilised to the scene around 1:20 am, adding that the cause of the fire had not been known.