For the second time in four years, fire has ravaged the popular Atakumosa market in Ilesa, destroying goods worth millions of naira.
An eye witness, Mr. Babatunde Obembe told Radio Nigeria correspondent that the fire which started around 2am on Sunday destroyed about 200 lockup shops belonging to trado-medicine, kolanut, palm oil and cowpea sellers.
Mr. Obembe who is the Chairman, Market Men and Women Association, said though the Ilesa Fire Service tried their best to put out the fire, the effort was futile as the fire remained unabated.
Narrating their ordeals, two kolanut sellers, Chief Grace Ajewole and Mrs. Sola Olomola described the incident as a total loss, giving the monetary value of the damages estimated as hundreds of millions.
Another victim, Mrs. Toyin Taiwo called on the paramount ruler of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran to prevail on the shop owners at the market to desist from act responsible for the recurrent fire outbreak in future.
Meanwhile, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Prince Adenigba Fadahunsi has described the recurrent fire incident as traumatic, praying that God would put an end it.
The cause of the fire outbreak could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.