Property worth millions of naira was on Tuesday razed in an early morning inferno at the popular Owode market in Offa, Kwara State.
It was learnt that over 20 shops and were destroyed by fire on the fateful day.
According to eyewitness account, the incident started around 1 a.m, but was contained by fire service operatives’ quick response.
It would be recalled that a similar incident occurred on May 18, 2015. The fire incident led to the renovation of a significant part of the market.
While addressing reporters, Head, media and publicity unit of the Kwara State Fire Service, Hassan Hakeem Adekunle, said the intelligence unit of the service was working to ascertain the cause of the incident, adding that electric spark may not be ruled out.
“The cause of the inferno was suspected to be an electric spark, even though the intelligence team of the service are working on that to ascertain the actual cause of the fire outbreak,” he stated.
Meanwhile, a community group, Offa Descendants Union, have expressed shock over the incident.
In a statement by the National Public Relations Officer, Maruf Adenifuja, the union said the extent of the inferno was yet to be ascertained.
“The union has sent emissaries to the state government in the past for new fire service trucks and the upgrade of the fire service station in Offa for efficient fire service delivery in order to safeguard lives and properties of the people, but we are still awaiting the positive response of the state government,” the statement read.