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Twin 3-storey building razed by fire in Anambra



A twin three-story building was, on Wednesday night, gutted by fire at Emenike/Ezeugo road junction, Okpoko in Ogbaru local government area of Anambra State.


The inferno, said to have been ignited by gas cooker, started around 8 p.m. in one of the flats on the last floor.


Saga Gist gathered that properties worth millions of naira belonging to some tenants were lost to the inferno.


Although no life was lost to the fire, victims were seen counting their losses.


The fire, however, did not extend to other floors as officials of Okpoko Fire Service men who arrived the scene almost immediately were able to contain it.


An eyewitness whose name was not immediately ascertained, said the fire advanced to the second floor as the water from the fire fighters got exhausted midway.


He said, “On arrival to the scene, the fire service men made frantic efforts to prevent the fire from extending to the second floor but their water got finished.


“Residents and sympathisers assisted in pouring sand and water to the inferno before it was quenched.”


Confirming the incident, the Acting Okpoko Divisional Police Officer, Mr. George Okoro, said no life was lost.


He said, “They said it was caused by gas explosion but we are still investigating to ascertain the exact cause of the inferno.”


In a related development, another three-storey building was also gutted by fire same day along Limca old road, Obosi.


The cause of the inferno, it was gathered, may not be unconnected with a gas depot close to the scene, where one of the cylinders reportedly exploded, setting fire to the roof of the building.


No life was reportedly lost as people rallied to extinguish it.

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