Goods worth millions of naira were destroyed by a fire early in the morning on Friday in the Basiri neighborhood of Ado Ekiti.
The fire affected a grocery store, a furniture showroom, and a workshop owned by a tailor.
The incident took place in the popular textile area of Basiri in Ado-Ekiti.
The owner of the furniture showroom, Mr. Seyi Lateef, told the Nigerian News Agency that he received a distress call around 3 a.m.
He said that before arriving at his store, the whole place had been reduced to ashes.
“I was called around 3:00 am Friday to tell me that a fire had broken out in my showroom following an electrical surge from a nearby store.
“I rushed over there. But before staff from the Ekiti fire department arrived at the scene, the entire place had been razed to the ground by the raging fire.
“I lost two sets of chairs worth N 250,000 each, seven cabinets worth N 50,000 each and other furniture,” Lateef said.
He called on the government and people of goodwill to come to his aid, saying he had lost property worth over 1.5 million naira in the blaze.
Additionally, 60-year-old food vendor Ms Justina Adefolahan said she lost her source of life to the fire.
“I am a single mother with three children to feed. What we all depend on for survival has been destroyed by fire.
“I am also a physically disabled woman and have lost everything I had saved over the years.
“I appeal to governments and philanthropists to help me get back on my feet,” Adefolahan pleaded.
The midnight fire also affected the store belonging to Mrs. Kemisola Olatoibo, housewife and tailor.
Olatoibo said: “I started this business with the money collected by my husband and family members.
“I lost two industrial sewing machines, three other sewing machines and clothes worth 1.5 million naira.
“I don’t want to prostitute myself or engage in illicit businesses. I appeal to the people and the government to help me, ”she said.