Traders at Ochanja Market, Onitsha, who recorded colossal damage due to Wednesday’s fire disaster arising from a tanker accident have blamed their calamity on poorly equipped Anambra State Fire Service.
Some of the traders who spoke to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Onitsha said the state’s fire fighters were not able to get to the disaster scene more than seven hours after the commencement of the fire.
NAN reports that the fire which started at the point a tanker laden with petroleum product fell in front of Toronto Hospital, Onitsha near Upper Iweka, spilled its content to Ochanja Market, a distant of more than 500 metres.
“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 fire fighters from Asaba, Delta,” Vincent Ugochukwu, a trader at Ochanja market said.
Ugochukwu said he lost everything in his shop before the intervention of the fire fighters from Asaba who quenched the inferno.
NAN reports that Ochanja, the second largest market in the state has more than 10,000 shops and was almost razed as many traders were sighted clearing the debris.