AGAIN, Oja Tuntun Market, Ile-Ife, Gutted By Fire 4th Time Within 17 Months

Last Updated on April 10, 2020 by Ope Quadri

Fire disaster at Oja Tuntun, one of the largest markets in Ile-Ife has now become a regular occurrence, within 17 months, there were four cases of fire at the market where traders lost goods worth millions of Naira.

Timeline of Fire Incidence at Oja Tuntun Market, Ile-Ife

  1. Monday, July 8, 2019
  2. Thursday, April 9, 2020
  3. Friday, September 4, 2020
  4. Tuesday, December 1, 2020

With the latest development, it means the sellers have their goods three times within 17 months, that sounds suspicious! Something is wrong somewhere.
The December 1, 2020 fire disaster according to report from the ancient city says it was a midnight fire and before sunshine multi million-naira goods in various stores had been burnt.
As it was during the April 2020 incidence, the report also says that the inferno started from a shop and spread to other parts of the market around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Were the fire service invited?

Sources say fire service was nowhere to be found when they’re invited, saying there was no water when contacted.
Nearby residents mobilized water from their respective homes to quench the fire, but their efforts were not enough to put out the fire.
While that was ongoing, hoodlums around the area stormed the market, took advantage of the incident to cart away goods in some stores.
The question is:
Who is responsible for setting the biggest market at Ile-Ife on fire?

April 9, 2020 Fire Incidence at Oja Tuntun

Report from the ancient town of Ile-Ife has confirmed that one of the popular markets in the town known as Oja Tutun, Osun State, has been gutted by fire.

Oja Tuntun Market Gutted By Fire in Ile-Ife
Oja Tuntun Market fire incidence in 2019.
Phot credit: continentalnewsgazzete

It is not the first time the market would be razed by fire, a similar incidence happened in 2019.
It was gathered that valuable goods worth several millions of naira were destroyed Thursday, April 9, 2020

What caused Oja-Tuntun fire incident?

At the time of this report, the cause of the fire disaster was unknown, however, InfomediaNG gathered that the inferno started at the Omoworare Shopping complex where children’s playing toys and others were being sold.

Was there any victim at Oja Tuntun fire incident?

There was no casualty because the market was under lock and key following the COVID-19 lockdown stay at home order announced by Governor Gboyega Oyetola.

Was it the first time Oja-Tuntun would be razed by fire?

It wasn’t the first time, in July 8, 2019, what could be described as a mysterious fire razed the largest market in Ile-Ife.
Back then the inferno started from a shop and spread to other parts of the market before it was eventually extinguished.
 

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