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Many Escape Death as Fire Guts Two Storey Building in Onitsha



By Praise Chinecherem

Property worth millions were on Monday lost in a fire outbreak at a two-storey residential building in Akunnia Street, Woliwo, Onitsha, Anambra State.

The incident which occurred around 4.35am, affected the last floor of the building.

Though no life was lost in the inferno, but the fire, according to eyewitnesses, could have spread to other adjourning buildings if not for quick intervention of neighbors before the arrival of firefighters who later brought it under control.

Confirming the incident, the State Fire Chief, Engr. Martin Agbili said the cause of the fire remained unknown, adding that no life was lost in the inferno.

He said, “At about 0435hrs (4.35am) of today, Monday 25-07-2022, Anambra State Fire Service received a distress call of fire outbreak in a two-storey residential building at Akunnia Street, WOLIWO, Onitsha.

“We deployed two (2) fire trucks and firefighters to the fire scene. The fire was fought, controlled and extinguished with the assistance of the public who were at the scene before our arrival. 

“Although the fire affected the last floor of the building but a lot were saved within and around the burning building.

“As at the time of fighting the fire, the cause of the fire remains unknown and there was no loss of life.

“Major challenge encountered was that our fire trucks found it difficult to penetrate the street to the burning building due to how the buildings were structured with no space for emergency vehicles.

“We left the fire scene at about 0645hrs (6.45am).”

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