Goods worth millions of naira were on Thursday destroyed in a fire outbreak that happened in Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State.
It was gathered that the inferno, which started around 1a.m., destroyed about 100 shops located beside the palace of Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo.
Some of the items destroyed include computers, air conditioners, typing machines, spiral binding machines, stationeries, power generators, office chairs and tables among other equipment.
Sources said Oba Aladetoyinbo noticed the fire outbreak around 1a.m. and called the Fire Service, only to be informed by its officials that there was no water and fuel to get to the scene of the incident.
The actual cause of the inferno remained unknown, while those who came to rescue the situation watched helplessly as the fire razed down the shops and buildings.
An eyewitness, however, said the monarch called officials of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, who came later, but the damage had been done as almost all the shops within the commercial centre were razed to their foundations.