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Another tanker explodes in Onitsha, destroys properties

Two days after a tanker fire left several persons dead and buildings razed at Upper Iweka Road in Onitsha, another tanker fire has happened in Omagba, Onitsha.

According to reports, the tanker fire started in the early hours of the morning at Onitsha-Enugu Expressway, when the tanker allegedly burst into flames.

The fire reportedly affected Omagba Phase 2 and as of the time of filing this report, it had destroyed cars and buildings.

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No casualty was however reported.

Mr Emeka Obinwa, Executive Assistant to Gov Willie Obiano on Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEEMA) media confirmed the incident on Friday in Awka.

He said that SEMA team visited the scene about 4 am on Friday, adding that no life was lost.

Obinwa said the incident took the same dimension as that of Wednesday afternoon but noted that timely arrival of firefighters in the state led to the quenching of the inferno.

“The second fire outbreak in Onitsha within the week was equally severe, property worth several billions of naira including buildings, vehicles and other valuable property were affected at Omaba Phase two.

“The petroleum product spilt through the gutter and resulted in the fire extending beyond the point the vehicle fell,’’ he said.

He said the fire extended to a mechanic workshop around the area and burnt vehicles parked in the place.

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Obinwa said that full assessment on both Upper Iweka/Ochanja and Omaba disaster would be carried out by the agency. (NAN)

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