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Onitsha market fire caused by chemical explosion — Fire Service




ATLEAST four  persons are feared dead and several others injuredr in an afternoon  eplosion at a chemical market complex near Onitsha headbridge on Tuesday.

   An eye witness account stated that the incident occurred at leading to panic and stampede

   “We heard loud explosion followed by thick black smoke and subsequent  inferno that engulfed the entire building

Our source stated teat   he  was at the shop selling    when. he   heard loud explosion   

that shook the foundation of  the whole building.

   When the fire subsided ,some people trapped. and those consumed in the inferno were brought down

We gathered that goods worth  more than a billion wetre destroyed

One of    the   traders      who    sufferrd minor injury but hard his shop totallly erased told National Light that he narrowly escaped . death.

  The state fire service boss who said.he deployed his men early enough said they battled the inferno with the assistance of Delta State fire service

The chairman of the market Chindu Ezenwike who commended the efforts of the traders in assisting fire service said they so far lost four people and prayed for governments assistance.

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