Over 200 persons were displaced, with goods and property worth millions of naira destroyed, following a fire outbreak in Elekahia, a densely populated area in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Friday morning.

The Punch newspaper reports that its correspondent who visited the scene gathered that the fire which started at about 8:30 am and was caused by a kerosene explosion.

Some of the affected residents had traveled for the Christmas and New Year festivities, while others were out to work when the fire started.

An official of the Federal Fire Service, John Nnemeka, said firefighters arrived the scene early but were unable to gain access because of the congested nature of the neighbourhood.