Onitsha Fire : Two Dead as Fire Razes Market
At least two have died following a fire incident in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The fire, which began at about 1 pm on Wednesday, was caused by a trailer loaded with petroleum product, which lost control at upper Iweka, along Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Onitsha and crashed inside a pavement in between the expressway.
As a result, the fire spilled over through the gutter and affected many shops and houses on the Upper Iweka Road in Onitsha as well as at Ochanje Market.
Meanwhile, a yet to be identified woman and her baby caught up by the inferno and burnt beyond recognition were rushed to Toronto hospital but certified dead by a medical doctor while receiving treatment.
Consequently, Police patrol teams have cordoned off the area to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage to loot.
Report by Philip Nwelih