Shops, buildings razed as petrol tanker explodes in Onitsha

By AdvocateNews on 29/01/2022

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A fire explosion rocked Onitsha, Anambra State on Friday when a petrol tanker laden with the Premium Motor Spirit sparked fire at the popular Upper Iweka Junction of the commercial city.

The incident occurred at about 8:30am in front of the Relief Market. The incident left many shops and buildings around the scene burnt.

An eye witness said the incident was caused by the articulated truck which broke down at the bad portion of the busy Onitsha-Owerri Expressway.

When our correspondent visited the area, the fire caused serious traffic gridlock along the highway, as Fire Service men both from Anambra and Delta states battled the raging fire.

Police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga confirmed the incident.

He said the cause of the fire was as a result of a tanker carrying fuel which fell by Obodoukwu Junction along Onitsha River- Owerri road.

 

“The situation is under control and it is closely monitored. The Police and fire service are currently on ground there,” Police spokesperson said.

Posted 29/01/2022 09:57:55 AM

 

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