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70 Animals Burnt To Ashes As Fire Guts Ipata Main Market

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70 Animals Burnt To Ashes As Fire Guts Ipata Main Market.

The Ipata main market in the Illorin East Local Government Area of Kwara State experienced a fire outbreak which left 70 animals dead.

The fire which started at about 10. 30 pm engulfed the mainly the animal and foodstuffs section of the market, was contained by the Kwara State Fire Service.

The fire incident left 15 cattle, 15 sheep, 15 huge rams and more than 25 goats burnt to ashes.

Confirming the incident, Hassan Adekunle, the Head of Media and Publicity of the state Fire Service, disclosed that an open shade constructed with wood for goat sellers and three shops were completely razed by the fire.

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Fire Guts Ipata Main Market

The spokesman said, ” The brigade was summoned to this vicious incident yesterday night, at about 22: 31hours through a telephone call by one Mr Lawal. Despite the intensity of the blazing fire, the firefighters were able to eliminate it on time and prevent it from spreading to the surrounding buildings in the market vicinity area. Three shops and an open big shed constructed with planks for goat sellers were destroyed by the inferno. However, more than 470 shops were saved from the ravaging fire by the firemen. “

Adekunle said the inferno came from a burning dump and was blown by the wind which then spread to a nearby ranch where some animals were kept.

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A trader, identified as Alhaji Kale Kannike, who was also affected by the the incident cried that he lost many bags of rice, animal feeds and several animals to the fire incident.

Alhaji Dauda Owolabi, the Babaloja of Ipata market, lamented the loss of goods by the traders affected by the fire incident.

Owolabi disclosed that goods lost to the inferno ran into millions of naira and also revealed that animals, foodstuff including rice, beans, millet and animal feeds were also burnt.

Owolabi appealed to the state government to help the affected traders with loans to enable them get back to business and also help them reconstruct the market.

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Falade Olumuyiwa, the Director of Kwara State Fire Service, advised the residents of the state to be safety consciousness at all times to reduce the fire occurrences across the state.

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