Shops containing furniture and building materials worth millions of Naira were gutted by fire in Minna on Monday.
The owners of the shops have bemoaned losing their savings and life investments as only a few of them could save some materials from the fire.
The fire incident occurred along Shiroro road in Minna at about 2 pm.
Eyewitnesses said that the fire began all of a sudden and took over the shops in quick successions giving no opportunity for the owners of the shop to save any materials.
One of the owners of the shop who was identified as Pastor Aaron was seen in shock and tears as he lamented that he had lost everything.
“My house and my shop!!! How will I start? Everything I have is gone. Both my house and my shop is burnt. How will I start!!!”, he said as he wept inconsolably.
“I cannot tell you what happened. I was inside my shop when I heard people shouting fire. I came outside and saw that the place has already started burning.
“So I went back inside and tried to pack some of my goods outside but before I knew it, the fire was in my shop, so I couldn’t save anything. I lost everything inside my shop and some of the things I put outside. For now, I can’t say the amount of what I lost but it is much. I lost everything.”
One of the eyewitnesses, Abubakar Yahaya said that he was among the people who placed calls to the fire service saying that the fire service responded on time and have tried their best in putting the fire under control.
This fire incident is coming barely three days after another fire incident occurred at the Kure Ultra-modern Market in Minna where traders lost millions of Naira.