Fire razed military barracks’ market in Abuja

Youths Digest – An early morning fire has razed a section of the mammy market located at the Mogadishu Cantonment , Abuja -Keffi Expressway in the Federal Capital Territory , Abuja , an area otherwise known as Abacha barracks.

Our correspondent learnt that the fire started around 4 am and affected a number of shops at the market, destroying property yet to be estimated.

It was gathered that it took the efforts of the FCT Fire Service , and emergency personnel from the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force to put out the fire.

The Deputy Director , Army Public Relations, Army Headquarters Garrison , Col Omale Ochagwuba , said the fire affected makeshift shops in the market.

He added that the fire started early in the morning and triggered a fire alarm in the cantonment which made everyone to assemble at the scene and start the putting out before the arrival of fire service men.

Ochagwuba , who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria , said , “The concerted efforts of the emergency responders and the barracks community in bringing the fire under control quickly was quite commendable.

“ Other emergency service like the Federal Road Safety Corps also responded and assisted in controlling traffic at the cantonment bus stop.

“ The Commander , Army Headquarters Garrison , Maj Gen . J. G Myam , who was physically on ground , directed soldiers to isolate the section of the fire from spreading to other parts of the market . This saved the market from further destruction. On the whole , only some few makeshift shops were affected. ”