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Traders at Ogbete, the popular main market in Enugu City, got a rude New Year present when fire gutted a section of their market, throwing many into agony.
Eye witnesses said the fire began from the foam section of the market.
Although the fire service arrived promptly at the scene, they battled for over an hour to gain access to the market to quell the inferno.
Enugu Fire Chief, Okwudili Oha, later commended the traders for deploying fire extinguishers while his men were trying to find their way in.
He also advised that they should clear the road to the market for easy passage of fire trucks whenever there is an emergency.
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained at the time of this report.