Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Furniture makers count losses in Kugbo fire disaster

Carpenters and traders at the Kugbo furniture market Abuja, have continue to count their loss following the late night fire that gutted part of the market recently.

Some of the businessmen who spoke with news men at the city furniture area of Kugbo furniture market place the value of furniture and industrial machines lost in the fire, to the tune of N21million.

Chairman of the city furniture area, Austin Onuh, who is also a victim said not less than 39 shops were affected by the disaster. He said the incident occurred late night when all the shop owners had closed, making rescue operation difficult.

He regretted that most of the furniture burnt were given to them on contract by their customers.

“We are yet to determine the cause of the inferno but furniture worth over N 21 million naira have been burnt by the fire.

“Some of us here just returned from Christmas and new year celebrations, and started work that our custmers gave us, but this morning we only came to see ashes" he said.

Onuh appealed to FCT Administration, spirited individuals and corporate organisations to support them.

He also called on the government to help the furniture makers provide measures that will prevent fire incident in the area.

Timothy Eze, one of the affected furniture makers, said he has lost not less than N8 million worth of furniture in his shop.

“Apart from the furniture, industrial machine, generators with several working equipment that worth millions were also burnt"

Another victim, Vincent Ngutsen said over N7million finished and unfinished furniture were burnt in his shop located at the same area.

According to him, despite efforts by the people around the area and the fire fighters, they were not able to salvage anything from his most shops.

 

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