-From SUNNY A. DAVID:
Governor of Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, has commiserated with victims and owners of some shops at the Kano Street, beside Main Market, Onitsha, following a fire incident that occured in the market
The unfortunate fire incident occurred around 1:00 am, in the morning of Monday 28th, November, 2022 and officers of the Anambra State Fire Service were on ground to extinguish it.
Governor Soludo expressed sadness over the incident that left shops and goods razed and the losses incurred
“I commiserate with the shop owners over the inferno.
“As a responsive government, we are already on top of the situation, investigating the remote and immediate causes of the fire, as well as the losses incurred with a view to averting a future recurrence of the disaster,” said Governor Soludo.
“Efforts of our emergency responders like the State Fire Service contributed in extinguishing the fire and I find their efforts heartwarming.
“I encourage those affected to remain strong and resolute in the face of the extreme loss as we continue to work with relevant institutions to find lasting solutions to the perennial fire incidences across the State,” Mr. Governor further stressed
The Governor has also directed the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim in company of the Commissioner for Power and Water Resources, Engr. Julius Chukwuemeka and the Commissioner for Special Duties, Barrister Sly Ezeokenwa to convey government commiseration to the affected victims and leadership of the market.
Governor Soludo wishes to use this opportunity to reiterate the need for citizens to adhere to fire safety measures particularly in this season of the year.
A trader in the market, Mr. Obi Barth Ifediora confirmed the incident, saying that so far, two block of shops have been gutted by the fire.
It was gathered that the fire started at around 1am on Monday, and has defied attempts by men of the Anambra State Fire Service to extinguish it.
The Chief Fire Fighter in Anambra State confirmed the incident, saying that he promptly deployed his men to the area when he was alerted.
He said: “The fire started around 1am, and I quickly deployed my men there.
“So far, they have gone to refill the fire trucks with water twice, and our men have gone to refill a third time.”
As at the time of filing this report, the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.