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Governor William Obiano of Anambra State. Picture: Anambra Broadcasting Service

The Onitsha Market fire which took place on Wednesday led to the loss of lives and properties in Anambra State’s commercial capital.

oss of lives and properties in the Onitsha fire incident which occurred on Wednesday.

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Concise News reports that a tanker carrying petroleum product lost control and fell around the Upper Iweka area of Onitsha, Anambra state.

The petroleum product later caught fire and affected many shops and houses.

An eye witness had told NAN that no fewer than four persons have so far died in the incident as the fire later spread to Ochanga Market.

“The fire began at about 12.30 p.m. and lasted till 7.40 p.m. when it was finally put out through individual efforts and help from firefighters from Asaba, Delta,” Vincent Ugochukwu, a trader at Ochanja market said.

Ugochukwu said he lost everything in his shop before the intervention of the firefighters from Asaba who quenched the inferno.

Govt. Reacts

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the cause of a tanker explosion that killed a woman and her child in Onitsha.

The governor disclosed this in a statement by the Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment, Don Adinuba, on Wednesday in Akwa, the state capital.

Fire Service ‘Stopped’

The Federal Fire Service (FFS) has said that a mob stopped its men from getting to the scene of Wednesday’s fire incident at Ochanja Market, Onitsha, Anambra state.

This statement came from the spokesperson of the agency Ugo Huan on Thursday in Abuja.

“The Federal Fire Service received a call about the fire outbreak around 2.00 p. m.

“The control room at the headquarters in Abuja immediately turned out its nearest station at Asaba, Delta State, to attend to the fire.

“Our men immediately headed to the scene but it was not possible to contend with the heavy traffic at the Niger head bridge, coupled with the behaviour of an angry mob who pelted stones at them.

“Thus, it was not possible for the firefighters to get to the scene and fight the fire in such a hostile environment,” Huan said.

Another Explosion

Barely 48 hours after fire incident occurred in Onitsha, Anambra state, another tanker has exploded along Enugu-Onitsha expressway by Bessoy filling station.

The inferno occurred around Omaba Phase 2 at the wee hours of Friday, after it fell in the middle of the road, spilling its contents along the drainages.

Properties worth millions, including buildings, vehicles and other valuables were destroyed by the fire, according to The Nation.

Confirming the report, the state Commissioner of Police, John Abang, said the fire service officials were quick to respond, upon getting the news.

“This time around,” he said, “the fire service responded well after they were contacted by my men.”

No casualty had been recorded at the time of publishing this report.

Photos From Onitsha Market Fire

Below are some of the photos from the Onitsha fire incident which claimed over five lives with properties valued in millions also lost:

Onitsha Market Fire: Photos From 'Deadly' Inferno
Onitsha Market Fire/Twitter
Onitsha Market Fire: Photos From 'Deadly' Inferno
Onitsha Market Fire/Twitter
Onitsha Market Fire: Photos From 'Deadly' Inferno
Onitsha Market Fire/Twitter
Onitsha Market Fire: Photos From 'Deadly' Inferno
Onitsha Market Fire/Twitter
Onitsha Market Fire: Photos From 'Deadly' Inferno
Onitsha Market Fire/Twitter
Onitsha Market Fire: Photos From 'Deadly' Inferno
Onitsha Market Fire/Twitter