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A fire outbreak yesterday occurred at a shopping plaza near the Relief Market in Onitsha, Anambra State, The Eastern Updates has gathered.
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained as of the time of filing this, however, the plaza housing multi-billion naira worth of goods is owned by traders yet to return from the Yuletide holidays.
Details of the fire incident are still sketchy, but some eyewitnesses said it started from a shop within the plaza on Friday.
The state fire chief, Martin Agbili, did not respond to calls and messages to his mobile line.
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But the men of the state fire service were already on the ground battling to put out the fire as of the time of filing this report.
Recall that earlier in the week, an angry mob on Monday attacked operatives of Anambra State Fire Service for allegedly arriving late at the scene of a fire incident to put out a fire.
The incident was confirmed in a statement signed by the Director/Fire Chief of Anambra State Fire Service, Mr. Martin Agbili which was made available to The Eastern Updates.
Mr. Agbili pointed out that the incident occurred at Atani Road, by Uga Junction, Onitsha, at about 6 pm.
He said the attackers shattered the windshield and side mirrors of the fire truck, and also injured some of the operatives.
The fire chief described the incident as barbaric and a bad way to start the New Year.
According to him, on Sunday January 1, 2023 at about 1800 hours, Anambra State Fire Service received a distress call of fire incident at Uga Junction by Atani Road.