Fire Razes Yola Market

Fire has razed a major market in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, Nigeria’s north-east region.

The fire, which started between 3am to 4am, was suspected to be from an electrical fault. Situated at the heart of Yola Town, a twin city that makes up the Adamawa State capital, and a few meters from the Emirs palace.

Efforts by the State Fire Service and that of the AUN Fire Department could not save the situation as about 95% of the market had been razed down.

The incidence is sure to affect food supply in the state capital because it is a major market for grains such as rice, maize, beans, guinea corn and other food items.

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Fire Razes Dubai Skyscraper Hotel, Site Of 2016 New Year Celebrations

A huge fire ripped through a luxury Dubai hotel Thursday night as people gathered to watch New Year’s Eve celebrations, injuring at least 16 people, authorities said.

Dubai’s government media office tweeted that a “fire has been reported in the Address Downtown hotel. Authorities are currently on-site to address the incident swiftly and safely”.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.

The 63-storey building, which is close to Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, was engulfed in flames across several floors as sirens wailed and helicopters hovered overhead, witnesses said.

Dubai’s police chief said all the hotel’s residents had been evacuated from the scene of the blaze, which had still not been extinguished some two hours after it broke out.

“All the residents are out,” General Khamis Matar al-Mzeima said.

“Until the fire is put out, we will not have information on what caused it,” he added.

“At least 14 people have been slightly injured, along with one medium injury, and a heart attack case registered due to people pushing” amid the smoke, the media office tweeted.

Witness Raphael Slama told AFP the fire started at around 9:30 pm (1730 GMT) and rapidly spread upwards across dozens of floors.

The government tweeted that the fire erupted on the 20th floor and affected only the outer facade of the building.

“Four firefighting teams have been deployed” to fight the blaze, it added.

Authorities said earlier Thursday that they had deployed thousands of security personnel to ensure visitors and residents could enjoy the New Year’s festivities safely.

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NEWS ALERT: Fire Razes Abuja Grand Square Shopping Mall (PHOTOS)

Popular Abuja shopping mall, Grand Square, is currently under fire.

The mall, which is located in Central Area in Abuja caught fire around 11pm. Security men guarding the mall speaking to our correspondent said that they first noticed the fire coming from the electronics section.

Shop owners who were alerted went to the mall  but were not allowed access into the mall because police men and other security operatives denied them entry to the mall.

So far, two fire service trucks are sighted at the mall trying to quench off the fire outbreak and NEMA rescue operatives are also at the burning mall.

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Fire Razes Onitsha Electronics Market

Barely five days after a mysterious fire ravaged Onitsha Car Paints market, another fire yesterday razed down the Onitsha International Electronics Market, Anambra State.

No life was lost but three security men sustained injures while goods worth about N60 million were destroyed by the inferno which started at about 3am.

Reports gathered that mostly affected was the double musical equipment shop (Amson Electronics) where over N35 million worth of wares were destroyed by fire.

The cause of the fire, which has not been ascertained, started from one of the lock-up shops, according to an eyewitness and one of the vigilante in the market who said he immediately alerted his commander when the fire started.

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