Photos: Mile1 Market In Port Harcourt On Fire

The famous Mile One Market in Mile One Diobu Port Harcourt is now in flames following a fire out-break which started in the early hours of today. Some of those wth whom I spoke at the scene said the fire may have started around 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. While a host of others denied having any knowledge about when it started.
However, when I arrived at scene of the incident by 3:40 a.m., the rampaging fire had mercilessly gutted a large portion of the market. Though some fire fighters from the Rivers State Fire Service whose office is situated still at Mile One under the flyover were present as at press time. The fire seem to have surpassed their skill and equipment as the fire (with multiple explosions ) gradually and steadily kept moving to other parts of the market and buildings along the Ikwerre rd. With thousands of traders, sympathizers and onlookers flooded everywhere, loud outbursts of cry are heard here and there. Some traders were rushed to the hospital for medical attention upon arrivng just to discover that their shops and goods have have been razed down.

The Rivers State Commissioners for Special Duties and Information are there as we speak.

According to our eye reporter Jojo Falani, the fire was said to have started in the early hours of the day about 2:30 a.m from an obscure corner of the vast market and as at the time of this report fire fighters are still battling hard to contain the fire and stop it from spreading to the newly built Mile One Market.

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