Omos Oyinbode, Asaba
Goods worth millions of naira were, on Sunday lost to an inferno which consumed the interior sections of the largest furniture shop, Interior Legends Limited, in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The fire which was, however, contained due to the timely intervention of the Delta State Fire Service men, besides the quantity of furniture it destroyed ,razed some portions of the storey building which housed the company.
An eyewitness who raised alarm over the fire incident, Mrs. Helen Oneke, alleged that the fire was caused by burning waste deposited behind the expansive building a fence away from the prying eyes of the public.
Mrs. Oneke who operates a restaurant besides the company , said she was the first to raise alarm over the incident, and this led to a distress call to the state Commissioner for Special Duties, Pastor Powell Ojogho.
Manager of the company declined to comment on the issue but she was seen scolding the staff for not remaining at their duty post, saying that the fire would have been averted if they had been diligent at their duty post.
Meanwhile, staffs of a nearby furniture dealer, Permolit, were seen evacuating their furniture for fear of the fire spreading to their section.
Commissioner for Special Duties, Pastor Powell Ojogho, who mobilized men of the state fire service to the scene, advised the public to be safety conscious, noting that the company had only one exit point which was under lock before the arrival of men of the fire service who put off the fire.