Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Early Morning Inferno Razed Down Over fifty millions Naria worths of property at Onitsha



By Okechukwu Onuegbu
   
Property worth over fifty millions naira has been gutted by fire at 96 Ziks Avenue by Okigwe Street, Fegge, Onitsha south in Anambra state.

The fire which started by 1am in the midnight  burnt vehicles, keke napep and other expensive facilities as the whole house was burnt down, following inability of the fire fighting men from main market Onitsha to respond to the callers of the residents who couldn’t hold their anger but turn to local fire fighting men

According to an eye witness, Mr. Anyaoha, the inferno started with a spark which attracted the residents to be shouting fire while the beggars living in the workshop with their properties took to their heels.

He added that for more than 2 hours, there were no fire service men to put out the fire, as the residents turn themselves to local fire fighting men without fire equipments and sustained injuries as they were trying to put out the fire.

This is even as the eye witness alleged that the fire service men from main market refused to come as they claimed that their vehicles had broke down and they are incapable of putting out the fire without vehicle, but the arrival of police patrol team from Fegge police station salvaged the situation as they called Okpoko fire service men who immediately responded with the fire fighting equipments and aid in quelly the fire.

A legal luminary, who is the one of the eye witness, Mr. Chakles Ogugua expressed dismay over one of the tenants attitude who sub-contract the workshop to beggars to live as several efforts been made to evacuate than prove abortive, as well as condemned in its entirety the behavior of fire fighting men in Onitsha main market who would have salvage the situation and serve the level of damages incurred in the inferno.

Reacting to the situation, the member representing Onitsha 1 constituency in the Anambra State House Assembly, Mr. Patrick Aniuno condemned the lapses of fire fighting men in Onitsha main market for refusal to attend to assist in putting out the fire disaster.

Mr Aniuno who claimed that the ugly acts of the main market fire service men will be put in the list of the matter of urgency in the State House of Assembly, urged the residents to be law abiding and shun illegal connections since it is the primary causes of fire disaster.

When contacted, the Divisional Police Officer, Fegge police station, SP Rabiu Garba, said his division quickly mobilized a patrol team of policemen who ensured that there was no loot around the houses closer to the inferno when the fire fighting men from Onitsha main market refused to come.

Meanwhile, as the house was totally razed down without any of the victims removed their belongs from the workshop, the victims have called on both Government, philanthropist .  

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