Fire Razes Ughelli Roadside Market, Destroyes BEDC Properties In Delta

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    Fire razes Ughelli roadside market, destroys BEDC Properties in Delta.

    By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri

    Fire have  reportedly razes a roadside market on Sunday at 6:30pm. October 20, 2019 at the Otovwodo Junction in Ughelli North Local Government Council Area of Delta State

    Sources said, ”the fire destroyed the Benin Electricity Distribution Company’s facility  and other small market stands in the area.

    AUTHENTIC News Dailylearnt that a BEDC high tension power line that fell in the area caused the fire outbreak.

    The fire started on Sunday evening  with a spark from the BEDC power electricity cable that fell on a kerosene container at the market.

    It was gathered that the inferno was helped by the spill of adulterated kerosene some women were selling at the market under the high tension line.

    The Ughelli Branch Manager of BEDC, Mr Bethel when speaking to journalists at the scene said, “one of the high tension wires got bridged and sparked off light fell on the drums the women were using to sell fuel and kerosene.

    “That caused the fire, if you look at the drainage now you will see fuel inside, fire and smoke is still coming out because of the volume of fuel inside the drainage.

    ”i had written several times to the relevant authorities about the fuel and kerosene they are selling here and nothing was done.

    “We have been aware of the illegal activities, we have written to the relevant authorities and nothing has been done. This market area is our NIPP project line and 11kva line.

    ”They are not supposed to trade under dangerous area. We are carrying out the level of damage; we have to seal this area and we will write a report to our head office”,  the Ughelli BEDC’s Manager said

    A trader at the Otovwodo market simply identified as Doris our correspondent  that, “I am selling Garri in this market, the kerosene the women are selling is the one they illegally got from bunkering sites and when the wire spark, it fell on the kerosene containers and it ignite the fire.

    The council authorities in Ughelli North and the palace were aware of what was happening here in Ughelli market, the council’s task force “collect ticket and money from them on daily bases.”

    The chairman of Ughelli North LGA, Mr Godwin Adode, also visited the market, he told newsmen that ”l am not aware of this kerosene business going on in the market and nobody has informed me about it.

    ”I was called ”Yesterday (sunday)” that there was fire out break at Otovwodo market, and that a power line got fire and our market women selling kerosene and adulterated fuel products  ignite the fire.

    “I have warned them before now about the market and they went to the palace and some people prevail on us to allow them trade under the power line.

    “When we set up task force, some people read political under turn to it. But now we will meet with the king and chiefs in Ughelli Kingdom to make sure the market no longer operate here.”

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