Rita Enemuru, Reporting
Residents who lost their goods and properties to a Sunday late night inferno that rocked houses and shops at the popular NPA Miller Waterside, Panapina in Warri, Warri South Local Government Area, Delta State, have narrated their losses to Stonix News.
Having heard the clangorous siren of a fire fighting truck at about 11:00p.m on Sunday night, Stonix News had approached the scene visited by the truck on Monday morning and found out it was a raging fire explosion.
At the scene of the fire incident, Stonix News observed that goods and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.
While owners of the destroyed fortunes were seen wailing, with some gathered in groups, discussing in hush tones, they however thanked God that no life was lost in the inferno.
Your empathic Stonix News took time to speak with some of the victims whose economic fortunes were devastated.A
respondent, simply identified as Mine, narrated in pidgin in tears thus:
“I dey stay opposite Panapina. Around past 11:00p.m yesterday night, na so we hear explosion; before we run come outside, everywhere don dey burn.
“Until now, we no know wetin start, some people dey talk say it’s like person go inside the station go smoke or drop cigarette wey dem no finish, but we no know if na true or not.
“People wey get store no fit bring anything out because the fire too much.
Another victim, Mrs Ada Ejiogu, a shop owner who was among the worst hit by the inferno, told Stonix News that her newly acquired goods worth six million naira and eight deep refrigerators in her shop were destroyed.
“The shop was fully loaded with rice, beans, vegetable oil, palm oil, indomie cartons, spaghetti cartons, frozen chicken drinks and about eight deep freezers, everything got burnt.
“I’ve lost everything. I don’t know where to start from,” she lamented.
Speaking with the chairman of Boat Owners Union, Miller Jetty, Mr. Stillbert Ibiliki described the incident as unfortunate and devastating, while pleading with the Delta State government to do everything within its power to assist the victims.
“Yesterday around past 11:00p.m, I was called and told that there was a fire outbreak. When I got here, the fire was burning and spreading; about 10 to 15 speed boats were destroyed.
“A lot of goods were destroyed even 12 horse powers and 40 horse power speed boats with engines worth millions of naira were lost to the inferno. Houses and stores were also burnt down.
“We can’t count the number of stores and houses that were burnt. This so unfortunate and devastating.
“We are begging the Delta State government to come to our rescue,” he pleaded.
Meanwhile, following the fire that destroyed a section of the popular Miller Waterside along NPA, Warri, the Chairman of Warri South Local Government Area, Dr Michael Tidi, has appealed to residents to be extra cautious this dry season to avoid reoccurrence.
He made the appeal while speaking to newsmen after accessing the level of damage caused by the fire disaster.
He said investigations were ongoing to unravel the cause of the fire incident.
While lamenting that a lot of property were destroyed in the inferno, Tidi, however, thanked God that no life was lost in the inferno, just as he sympathized with the victims of the fire accident saying the council was working with various stakeholders to halt a recurrence.