Anambra State Fire Service has said, numbers of persons were killed on Tuesday in a heavy chemical explosion at the Onitsha Head Bridge commercial area known as Ogbo Ogwu market.
Engineer Martin Agbili, the Fire Chief in charge of the Anambra State Fire Service in a statement titled; “HEAVY CHEMICAL EXPLOSION/FIRE OUTBREAK AT OGBO OGWU MARKET, ONITSHA”, and made available few hours ago, said the total number of deaths or casualties were yet to be ascertained.
“At about 12:30 hours, Anambra State Fire Service received a distress call of fire outbreak caused by a heavy chemical explosion at Ogbo Ogwu Market, Onitsha, Anambra State.
“Immediately, we deployed our Firefighters and fire fighting trucks to the scene of fire.
“During the fire fighting operation, Firefighters from the Federal Fire Service attached to Anambra State were also there fighting the fire.
“The explosion which led to the collapse of part of the market building and fire outbreak caused the loss of life of some people. The total number of casualties have not been ascertain as the time of this report.
“Thank you my lovely, dedicated and hardworking firefighters.
“We are still at the fire scene as at 17: 45 hours.
“Please avoid anything which can cause fire outbreak at this season.
“FIRE🔥 KILLS BUT YOU CAN CONTROL IT”, Agbili said.
It was gathered that several other persons sustained various degrees of injury during the fire outbreak with goods and properties worth millions of naira destroyed.