By FESTUS AHON
AT least 20 houses, speed boats and property worth millions of naira have been destroyed by fire in Penama Zion village, Bisuobo community, in Warri South West Local Government Area, Delta State.
The incident, which occurred, Thursday, Sunday Vanguard gathered, broke out at about 11a.m. from a power generating set put on standby by a church which was
preparing for a crusade in the community.
Our correspondent reports that the generating set was being used to test run musical instruments in preparation for the crusade when it suddenly caught fire
and started burning, adding that the fire spread rapidly from the wire until the resultant inferno gutted the houses around.
The village head, Mr. Peter Niebo, said the fire incident took them by surprise, saying that residents of the community had gone in search of their daily bread when the incident occurred.
He held that the children who were around could not put out the ravaging fire.
He said: “When we got the information, we quickly rushed to the scene to put out the fire but it had already burnt down over twenty houses. Property worth millions of naira and speed boat engines were also burnt to ashes.”
He explained that most indegenes of the community had been displaced from their homes, pointing out that some victims of the incident were taking refuge in neighbouring villages and some others in the Penama Zion Primary School.
Also speaking, the chairman of Bisuobo community, Comrade Matthew Ogisi, said the people of Penama Zion village had been suffering untold hardship in the past decades and said the little they have gathered have been consumed by the fire.
To this end, he appealed Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, and the chairman of Warri South West Local Government Council, Mr Goerge Ekpemukpolo, to come to their aid.