When the federal government of Nigeria banned cigarette smoking in public places, it not have a particular town in Delta State in mind; but the safety of all Nigerians and their properties.
But the disobedience of the law in Warri, Delta State, led to the destruction of 15 speedboats, goods and property worth millions of naira in Delta State on Sunday.
Eyewitness said that the fire, which was triggered by a cigarette stud, began around 11pm on Sunday December 19, from a nearby filling station after shop owners had gone home.
He said that it razed a section of the Miller Waterside along the NPA Road in Warri, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
According to the source, the damage had already been done before firefighters arrived at the scene.
A resident of the area who identified herself simply as Mine, said they heard an explosion around 11pm and before they could rush out, the fire had engulfed the entire area.
Chairman of the Boat Owners Union at the Miller Jetty, Mr Stillbert, described the incident as unfortunate and devastating and also pleaded with Delta State government to be sympathetic with the victims by mitigating their losses.
Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council, Dr Michael Tidi, who also commented on the incident, said they’ve launched an investigation to unravel the cause of the fire.
He also asked residents to be extra cautious this dry season to avoid fire incidents.