…the inferno which razed some shops in the timber market reportedly started late in the evening on Saturday
Goods worth millions of naira have been destroyed by fire at the Ogbo Osisi Timber Market Bridgehead in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The inferno which razed some shops in the market reportedly started late in the evening on Saturday.
This is coming less than one month Drug and main market, all in the commercial city of the State were gutted by fire.
Four bedrooms with its properties were also destroyed in Obuofu Umuike, near Oluchukwu Bread Industry, Awka.
Confirming both incidents, State Fire Chief, Engr. Martin Agbili, said no life was lost in the inferno.
He said his men were immediately deployed to the fire scene, adding that the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
He said, “At about 1930hrs (7.30pm) of yesterday 10-12-2022, Anambra State Fire Service, received a distress call of heavy fire outbreak at Ogbo Osisi (Timber Market) Onitsha by GUO Plaza.
“Immediately, we deployed our fire truck and Firefighters to the fire scene. We battled the fire, controlled and fought is to standstill.
“The cause of the fire was unknown. Although, the fire destroyed some shops but no life was lost during the inferno.
“We must know that we are at the peak of the HARMATTAN. Avoid anything which can cause fire outbreak at this season.
On the Awka fire, Agbili said, “About 1032hrs (10.32am) of today Sunday 11-12-2022, Anambra State Fire Service, received a distress call of Obuofu Umuike near Oluchukwu Bread Industry, Awka.
“Immediately, we deployed our fire truck and Firefighters to the fire scene where we battled the fire and fought it to standstill.
“The cause of the fire was POWER SURGE. Although, the fire damaged 4 bedrooms with its properties but we were able to save many surrounding houses and prevented the fire from spreading over to other building. There was no lost of life during the fire outbreak.
Reacting, elderstatesman and former governorship aspirant in the State, Dr Chike Obidigbo cautioned against the spate of fire incidents in Anambra market.
He linked the incident to what he termed, “work of enemies of Ndigbo”, charging security agencies to properly investigate fire incidents in various markets in the State to unmask those bent on destroying Southeast economy.