Tanker Fire: Onitsha traders blame poorly equipped fire service for losses

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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.

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Franklin Chigazom
October 17, 2019 10:59 pm


October 17, 2019 11:15 pm

No well equipped fire service

Sherifat Mondiu
October 18, 2019 4:13 am

Haaaa that bad

October 18, 2019 5:34 am

what a tragedy

Emma Babs
October 18, 2019 7:00 am

Nice update

bose hadiza
October 18, 2019 7:02 am

what a tragedy

Fasinu Segun
October 18, 2019 7:12 am

sad news

Opaluwa Friday
October 18, 2019 7:57 am

It’s true na

horlarewaju alao
October 18, 2019 10:18 am

Sad news

Jeremiah Adeliyi
October 18, 2019 10:24 am

that is a kind of a lexical thing.

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