Fire gutted the depot of the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) office on Abak road, Uyo yesterday, January 4.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, witnesses say goods worth millions of naira were lost in the inferno.
One of the witnesses, Ekong Charles, said the fire started from where the pallets were packed and engulfed the entire packing zone.
He said it was the quick intervention of firefighters from the state Fire Service that prevented the fire from spreading to the office complex.
His words: “The fire started from where the pallets are packed and the fire service was quickly alerted to control the spread to other buildings.
“In fact, it was so serious; if not for the quick intervention of the firefighters it would have consumed the entire depot.
“Five trucks of firefighting vehicles were brought to put out the fire.”
On his part, the chief fire officer in Akwa Ibom, Ndarake Ukpe, said he had to mobilise firemen from different areas to put out the fire.
Ukpe said the cause of the fire was yet unknown, and appealed to residents to be careful in handling inflammable materials during this harmattan period.
He also confirmed that no life was lost to the inferno as the place was taken care of by security personnel.
Fire does not just happen, it is caused by carelessness and fake electrical installations in our buildings.
“We have organised seminars for people in the markets and advised them to stop storing fuel in their houses.
“We are committed to ensuring that our department response to fire calls within record time so that minimal lost is recorded,” Ukpe said.
The incident happened on the same day a Sterling Bank branch in Oke-Ilewo area of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state caught fire.