Traders at Labaowo Market, Ogunpa, in Ibadan North West Local Government of Oyo State were on Wednesday thrown into confusion and sorrow when a section of the market was razed by fire.
Wailings of the traders generated emotions as little could be done to salvage some of their belongings.
It was learnt by our correspondent that the market went up in flames at around 10am as an inflammable product (adhesive) allegedly caught fire destroying items worth millions of naira.
The President, Labaowo International Market, Alhaji Lukmon Alaka, said tragedy struck when a woman opened a can of gum near another woman who was cooking.
Alaka said, “A woman was cooking noodles beside her when the place went up in flames following an explosion. The shops went up in flames.”
He, however, stated that traders at the market had been warned against cooking in the market.
According to him, three people with five buildings were affected by the inferno. However, he said no life was lost in the incident.
Those injured were said to have been taken to an undisclosed hospital where they were treated and discharged.