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Inferno at Onitsha main market plaza, goods worth millions destroyed



Federal Fire-Service

A late night inferno has destroyed goods worth millions of naira at the Onitsha Main Market plaza in Anambra State on Wednesday.

Eyewitnesses account said theinfernor also destroyed shops on the third floor of the three-storey building located near the main market, The Punch reports.

According to the police, the fire was caused by an electrical fault.

A traders in the market also said the damage had already been done before the arrival of fire responders.

She said, “We were calling the fire service and they have not responded. See how goods belonging to traders are being destroyed before their eyes,” she lamented.

Confirming the incident, police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga, said no life was lost in the inferno.

He said, “Preliminary investigation shows that the fire was caused by an electric spark and was put out by combined efforts of the police and fire service team.

“The situation has been brought under control. The Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng advises the public to always take precautionary measures to avert such ugly incidents.”

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