Yenagoa — A section of Swali mini-market in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, was yesterday razed by fire.
Though the immediate cause of the inferno, which started at 1.30am, could not be ascertained, it was gathrerd that about 133 shops were ravaged by the blaze with goods worth millions of naira destroyed.
Some of the shop owners, who rushed to scene, watched helplessly as the inferno swept through the section close to the slaughter area.
Others, it was gathered, had travelled for the Yuletide and may not return until January.
A resident close to the area said the inferno might have been caused by bush fire and aided by the harmattan wind.
Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Fidelis Odunna, confirmed the incident, adding that the police would carry out an investigation to determine the cause of the inferno.