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JUST IN: Fire breakout destroys 17 stores in Anambra market



On Tuesday, a fire destroyed 17 stores at the Timber Market in Umuokpu, Anambra State’s Awka district. According to PUNCH Metro, no lives were lost in the fire, which began about 10.16 p.m. and lasted until emergency responders, including state fire-fighters, invaded the premises to put out the fire. CONTINUE READING

The cause of the fire could not be determined at the time this story was recorded, but eyewitnesses and owners of several of the impacted stores stated the fire destroyed merchandise worth millions of naira.

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Confirming the incident, the state fire chief, Martin Agbili, said members of the fire service battled the fire to a stop and prevented it from spreading to other nearby stores beyond the ones impacted.

At 10.16 p.m. on Tuesday, the Anambra State Fire Service received a distress call of a significant fire outbreak at the Timber Market, Umuokpu, Awka,” he explained. Instantly, we sent our fire truck and courageous firemen to the spot.

The fire was eventually brought under control. The source of the fire is unknown, and no one was injured. Around 17 stores were severely damaged, but we were able to stop the fire from spreading to many more. The time of departure from the site was 1.06 a.m.

“We are still at the peak of Harmattan; please avoid anything that might spark a fire outbreak.” “Always keep in mind that the timing of the fire call determines the time of response to a fire occurrence.”

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