Fire outbreak renders 300 homeless in Yenagoa



More than 300 persons Saturday were rendered homeless in Yenagoa, after fire  gutted a neighbourhood in Ekeki suburb of the Bayelsa capital.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learns that the inferno, which occurred at about 2a.m. this morning, also destroyed valuables worth millions of naira. The cause of the fire has been ascertained.

Residents of the area located behind the Ekeki Divisional Police said they lost to the fire, items such as generator sets, television sets, bales of fabrics, huge sums of money and phones, among others.

However, no life   lost in the fire mishap.

One of the residents, who gave his name simply as Nicholas, suspected that the fire might have been caused by a candle as there no electricity supply when the incident occurred.

He said that firemen who arrived at the scene in three vehicles  stopped the fire  from spreading to  the Ekeki Police .

“It happened this morning, some minutes to 2a.m. We have slept since then till now. Three fire-fighting vehicles came and stopped the fire. If it could have entered the police .

“We don’t know what caused the fire.  Whether it candle light, we don’t know. But it started with a little smoke coming out from someone’s house and a woman saw it, but she did tell anybody.

“We are 300 people living here: families, husbands and wives and their children, we are 300 here.

“One woman lost N300,000 that some persons kept in her custody. Her husband’s money was N120,000. Everything got burnt, one kobo not remaining,’’ Nicholas said.

He appealed to the Bayelsa government and well-meaning organisations and individuals to come to their as they could not salvage their valuables.