Fidelity bank banner NewsExpress advert
80 years old man survives Onitsha fire disaster

By Pamela Eboh, Awka ‎ on 17/02/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 1,341

Some of the burnt buildings. Photo: Pamela Eboh.
Some of the burnt buildings. Photo: Pamela Eboh.

An 80-year-old man miraculously survived the inferno that wreaked havoc in the famed commercial town of Onitsha, Anambra State, on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Witnesses told News Express that the man, who owns Solo Supermarket located in the affected area, was locked up in his house when the fire started “but was miraculously saved” after sympathisers broke into his house as the fire raged.

The inferno was caused by a fuel tanker which rammed into Mobil Filling Station located opposite Dennis Memorial Grammar School (DMGS) after the driver lost control – and exploded. Over eight buildings and more than 30 vehicles parked in the vicinity were gutted by the fire.

Businesses in Onitsha were yesterday grounded following the fire disaster. When News Express visited the scene of the incident, vehicular movements were totally grounded along the Upper New Market Road and Oguta Road along DMGS as soldiers, naval policemen, as well as officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) cordoned off the roads.

The fire, which started in the night and lasted till morning, was said to have been contained through the efforts of the Fire Service of neighbouring Delta State as there is no fire disaster unit located within Onitsha.

One of the first callers at the scene of the inferno was the Bishop of the Niger, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo, who arrived with over 30 senior Anglican priests.

Nwokolo who could barely control his emotions described the incident as a great loss that came at a time people are going through hardship.

He called on the State Government, the emergency services and all well meaning Nigerians to come to the help of the affected people, saying that it is not just about empathising with the victims but by helping them to recover all what they have lost.

The Bishop said: “In a civilised world, things like this do not happen because the town planning officials would have ensured that filling stations are not to be cited near residential areas because the possibility of fire outbreak is always there.

“Filling stations should be sited where there are no residential buildings. The government must do something about that, we expect the government and its various agencies to ensure that proper planning is done so that things that can harm people would not be sited near residential areas.”

The State Governor, Willie Obiano on hearing the news cut short his Abuja trip to visit the scene of the disaster.

Speaking at the scene, the Governor said: “As you can see Onitsha is developing, I saw this Mobil Filling Station here and some of them have stayed here for over 50 years.

“I know that Anyika Family was managing this one in those days, they were built when nobody was living here but people started building around them, and now people are living near them we will provide land for their owners to relocate so that the lives of the people will not be in danger.”

Governor Obiano came in the company of the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, the Commander, 302 Artillery Regiment, Col. Idongesit Akpan, and the Commanding Officer, Navy Outpost, Onitsha, Captain Mohammed Dahiru. He said that his administration has acquired three special fire fighting trucks three in one capacity adding that the features in the truck are 10,000, litres in water, 750 litres in foam and 75 kilogrammes of powder, and other features.

Source News Express

Posted 17/02/2017 1:56:14 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

 

You may also like...
Lagos plans star-studded concert for Golden Jubilee celebration...

Banker arraigned in court for stealing N1.8m

BREAKING: Voters shock British Prime Minister; party loses...

Boko Haram: Pray for Buhari —Jonathan

Change comes with pain, sacrifice —Tinubu

Oluwo of Iwo leads special prayer session for...

Thousands attend Jehovah’s Witnesses Regional Convention at Ota...

El-Rufai disowns Chief of Staff over succession comment...

Ritual killers on the prowl, masquerade as employers...

Economy: Editors drum support for CBN policies

Mutiny trial of Brig.-Gen. Ransome-Kuti, 29 other top...

Biafra: Court strikes out charges against Nnamdi Kanu,...

 

Latest News BREAKING: Real Madrid beat Liverpool in 2018 Champions League final EFCC begins probe of Obasanjo's $16bn power projects 30th May will witness a total lock-down of South East, South South - IPOB Police Recruitment: JAMB screens 37,000 candidates in 156 CBT centres Armed bandits kill community leader in Benue JOHESU appeals court judgement ordering it to suspend strike Anti-graft fight: We need support, not condemnation — FG If you use your powers negatively, posterity will haunt you - Jonathan tells Buhari Military confirms fire incident at Conoil fields in Bayelsa MeCAM laments effects of wanton killings on Nigerian children, tasks FG IDPs rape report: Stop living in denial, HURIWA tells FG 2018 African Brand Congress to hold in Nigeria

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (346,005 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (342,947 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (274,121 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (225,374 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (205,622 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (203,450 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (177,486 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (159,765 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (150,660 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (144,012 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (140,404 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (132,801 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (43) Business & Economy (3,163) Business Verdict (43) Columnists (858) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (498) Features (598) Global Business Monitor (275) International (1,974) Interview (149) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (120) News (35,633) Opinion (973) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,079) Religion (747) Sports (1,519) Stock Watch (29) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Boko Haram commanders surrender

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement