This accident resulted in a widespread fire that erupted the major Markets around the area namely, Woliwo and Popular Ochanja Market.
It was gathered that for about 3 hours from the time the fire broke out, there was no Fire service caught anywhere close to the incident.
This helped the fire to engulfed a gas cylinder filled with gas together with a woman identified as the seller and her child, and it was quite fortunate that they were burnt to death at that spot.
The further report states that goods and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed and lives were lost.
It was later gathered that policemen came to the scene and started arresting people who volunteered themselves to put off the fire. The policemen went further to accuse them of looting whereas, there was no Fire Emergency Management close to the venue.
The fire was still burning as at 4 pm when our correspondents arrived. We met some youths who were battling with the fire with dirty water gotten from the gutter around the area.
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An interview was granted to some of the victims and they pleaded that the Anambra State Government comes to their Aids. The System they rely on failed them, according to them, they pay their taxes and Onitsha/Ochanja Market is the Biggest IGR Stream in Anambra State.
“The Shops are now weak that it can collapse at any moment, the government should come to our rescue” They lamented.
As at the time of filing this report, the exact number of deaths has not been made known to us, and there’s no way we can know till tomorrow since some people are still complaining of not seeing nor heard from their loved ones who went inside the fire to retrieve their money.
Please stay tuned with us for more information…..
Reporting By Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere Obinwannem News