A midnight fire has destroyed shops in the central motor park of Guyuk, headquarters of Guyuk Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
The fire, believed to have been caused by a malfunctioned electricity connection in one of the shops, raged for over an hour before someone in the neighbourhood raised alarm.
It was learnt the alarm attracted sympathisers who turned up with various containers of water to dousing the flames.
Chairman of Gamzaki Traders Association in the Guyuk LGA Alhaji Hamza Mohammed said 20 traders of wrappers, used clothes, movie disks, fridges and drinks as well as grains and other food items were affected.
“All the goods in the burnt shops were destroyed beyond redemption, except in four shops in a block which were forced open and the foods in them removed to stop the fire from spreading,” he stated.
The traders’ association chairman expressed regret the affected traders might be left by the authorities to bear their losses alone.
“Promises were made to affected people when similar incidents occurred in Mararaba Guyuk Motor Park and Numan Motor Park some years ago but till today, not even the burnt shops have been rebuilt,” he lamented.
He urged the Guyuk LGA and representatives of the people in government at all levels to make a difference by rising without delay to the help of those who suffered losses in the incident.