It was hell for trader in Onitsha plastic market in Anambra State as they count their losses following an early morning fire which started at about 1:50am on Friday in a plaza inside the market.
Spokesman for the police in the state, Mr. Haruna Mohammed, a Chief Superintendent of Police in a statement, said that no life was lost and that investigation has commenced to unravel the circumstances that led to the fire outbreak.
The statement read: “On 5/3/2021 at about 1:50am, there was a fire outbreak at a plaza located at plastic market by Amobi Street, Onitsha in Anambra State.
“Police operatives led by DPO CPS Onitsha SP Ifeanyi Iburu quickly mobilised to the scene and cordoned off the area to prevent looting and further catastrophe.
“Fire Service was equally contacted and they responded promptly. The fire was extinguished with the help of firefighters and other sympathizers in the area. No loss of life and no injury have been reported. Investigation is ongoing to ascertain extent of damage and circumstances surrounding the incident.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Monday Bala Kuryas, appeal to the public to always apply safety precautions especially by switching off all electrical appliances in their homes, shops and workplaces when not in use in order to avert similar ugly incidents which could also lead to loss of lives and injuries especially during this harmattan period.”