At least 25 shops have been burnt beyond recognition by fire at a popular Araromi Spare parts market situated in Agodi Gate, Ibadan in the early hours of Saturday.
The General Manager Oyo State Fire Service, Rev. Canon Yemi Akinyinka confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Ibadan.
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Akinyinka said the service got a call about the incident around 2.30 a.m. through one Mr Soliu and immediately deployed personnel to the place to quench the fire.
“The incident was caused by a careless burning of refuse, they refuse to put off the burning refuse before leaving the shop and it escalated.
“The impression they gave us initially was that around 45 shops were affected but when we got there we discovered that 25 shops were affected by the fire incident,” Akinyinka said.