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Fire Outbreak Hits Onitsha Again       

Pandemonium in Onitsha over second inferno.

Funsho Akinwale

Less than 48 hours after a petrol tanker accident led to fire outbreak at Upper Iweka and Ochanja areas of Onitsha in Anambra State, another inferno hit the market on Friday morning.

The second incident happened at Omaba Phase 2 around Chukwudi Bus Stop, Onitsha, after another tanker laden with petrol fell in the middle of the Onitsha/Enugu Expressway at about 3:30 am on Friday.

The Executive Assistant Media to Governor Willie Obiano on Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, Emeka Obinwa, confirmed the incident to the media on Friday.

Describing the inferno, Obinwa said the incident occurred at about 4 am on Friday, adding that no life was lost.

“The second fire outbreak in Onitsha within the week was equally severe, property worth several billions of naira, including buildings, vehicles and other valuable property, were affected at Omaba Phase 2.

“The petroleum product spilled through the gutter and resulted in the fire extending beyond the point the vehicle fell,” Obinwa stated.

The governor’s aide added that full assessment on both Upper Iweka/Ochanja and Omaba disaster would be carried out by the agency.