An early morning fire out break, on Sunday ravaged and destroyed 32 out of 72 shops worth N500m located at St James Church Cathedral Shopping complex, Agbokojo Road, Ogunpa, Ibadan, Oyo state.
The fire reportedly started from one of the single storey shopping complexes, around 2.00 a.m from an electrical spark from an unidentifiable shop as claimed.
Shops, offices and warehouses with full stock of agricultural produce, chemicals, sprayers, provisions, building materials, mobile phones accessories, shoe materials, hair extensions and store of a plywood supplier located on the ground floor of the complex were affected.
According to sources, one of the night security guards and few neighbours who are living around the area noticed heavy smoke oozing out from the roof of the shops tried to put it out but realised that it was beyond human control and they informed the Fire Service station at Molete, Ibadan.
Intervention, however, did not come quickly, leading to the destruction and loss.
Representatives of the state government, Secretary to the Oyo State Government and the Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on security matters, Olalekan Alli and Segun Bolarinwa respectively, visited the scene on Sunday afternoon to confirm the damages.