By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
Nnewi—No fewer than 17 vehicles were weekend unintentionally set ablaze by scavengers at Old Motor Spare Parts Market, popularly known as Mgbuka Obosi Market in Idemili North local Government Area of Anambra State. However, no life was however lost.
The incident happened when the scavengers were said to have set a refuse dump in a gully ablaze apparently for them to easily detect metals, irons and other wastes they needed for their trade when the fire suddenly extended and gutted a nearby mechanic workshop where 17 vehicles were razed by the raging fire.
Chairman of the market, Chief Emmanuel Obiagwu, while speaking on the incident, the incident, accused scavengers of being careless which caused the disaster, he however stated that the dump site was approved by the State Government as a refuse dumping.
He exonerated the traders and himself from causing the fire incident, adding that the motor mechanic workshop where the fire gutted the vehicles is not part of the market.
“The owner of the mechanic workshop is not our member; he does not pay for security levy and other payments we make, he should not therefore point accusing finger at me or my members, however, to show sympathy, I mobilized some traders, and called on the fire service men who stormed the scene and quenched the fire.”