JUST IN: Several Killed, Many Injured as Fire Razes Onitsha Chemical Market
By Kaosara Olayemi Oladimeji
Multi-million naira worth of properties and buildings have been destroyed in the Chemical Market, Onitsha Bridge Head in Anambra State.
It was gathered that the fire started at about 12:10pm on Tuesday when the chemicals stored in the shops started exploding one after another.
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Many people were also said to be injured as the chemicals were exploding and hitting people at various points. Nothing less than four persons have been reported killed.
The men of the Anambra and Delta states fire service are on the ground battling to put off the fire.
According to reports, Chairman of Onitsha South local government area, Mr Emeka Orji, on getting wind of the incident stormed the area with members of his staff and contacted the Anambra State Fire Service led by Martin Agbili who deplored officers and men of the department from Okpoko in Ogbaru local government area and that of Asaba in Delta State who took over the market.
Also, the Council Chairman Orji contacted the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Fegge Rabiu Garuba, who deployed officers and men to the market to guarantee the security of goods and other properties belonging to the traders.