Over 100 shops in the popular Marian market in Calabar, Cross River state capital was gutted by fire on Friday, July 3, 2020.

According to reports, the fire at the Marian market started from one of the shops in the fruit section and spread over other shops on Friday night.

Goods worth millions were lost in the market which is the second biggest in Calabar.

Director-General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, Princewill Ayim, who went for an on-the-spot assessment, sympathized with the affected traders.

“We are here to assess the extent of damage and to also document the affected traders with a view to ameliorating their situation, especially at this period of Covid-19 pandemic.

“The state government is very responsive to cases of emergencies like this, I can assure you that something will be done to assist the victims,” he said

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