Tuesday, January 18

We battled Onitsha inferno for 6 hours – Anambra Fire chief

By: Awesome Ekene

The Director, State Fire Service, Engr. Martin Agbili said his men spent not less than 6hours battling the Sunday night fire that engulfed two petrol stations in Onitsha, Anambra State.

He said two tanker loaded with diesel and about seven cars were burnt during the inferno, but said the fire was extinguished with mixture of water and chemical foam compound.

He however noted that the route cause of the inferno was yet to be ascertained until proper investigations were carried out.

He said, “At about 1930hours (7.30pm) of yesterday being Sunday, December 12, 2021, we received a distress call of fire outbreak at one of the fueling station at Onitsha.

“Immediately, our Firefighters and fire trucks were deployed to the fire incident scene to fight and extinguish the fire.

“On getting to the fire scene, we found out that the fire was in Chris-Tee and Silver filling stations near Boromio roundabout, Onitsha.

“At the fire scene were four (4) fire fighting trucks and Firefighters, and other sister agencies who were helping in the crowd and traffic control.

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“To the glory of God, no life was lost at the inferno, though, about two tanker loaded with diesel and about 7 different cars were burnt during the inferno.

“Men of Fire Service finally left the fire scene at about 0125hrs (1.25am) of Monday 13, December 2021.”

Agbili however dismissed as untrue rumour that the fire was put off by Delta State Fire Service, saying, “We must know that Delta Fire Service did not cross the boundary talkless of coming closer to the fire scene.”

He reassured the people of the state of the agency’s commitment to safeguarding their lives and property in terms of any fire outbreak.

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