BREAKING: Goods Worth Millions Brunt As Fire Guts Filling Station In Nnewi
Early this morning, as about 8 am, fire guts one filling station along Nnewi-Nnobi road caught fire as passersby and shop owners ran for their lives.
According to eyewitness reports, the mart in the filling station started the fire almost the same time a tanker was discharging diesel in the filling station’s underground tank, that incident forced the tanker driver to reverse immediately, causing it to spill on the floor. The spilt content ran through the drainage along Nnewi-Nnobi road that it started another fire close to Dr Alutu Schools(As at the time of this report, firefighters and good Samaritans are trying to put it off, so it doesn’t escalate).
As the fire spread from the drainage, it affected shops(Not totally burnt, but their wares outside and billboard were affected.)
There were lots of movement and chaos as people living around the fire accident and shops owners around were said to have fled for their lives as the fire escalated.
According to our reporter on the scene of the fire accident, thugs almost attacked the firefighters, broke part of their wheel screen with a stone as they lashed at them for not doing their jobs well.
The presence of a certain Oil mogul in the town and his security personnel restored calm as he was visibly angry at their actions and further encouraged the fire servicemen to do their work despite the disbelief by the crowd.
The Honorable member representing Nnewi North in the Anambra State House of Assembly is also on the know of the incident as he was said to have left his very busy schedule in Awka(Currently on his way)to visit the scene of the accident.
For now, Nnewi-Nnobi road has been closed and every car is diverted to go through Igwe Orizu road or other alternative routes in Nnewi.
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