A woman with her baby and four other people died on Wednesday, October 16, while several buildings were burned in a fire that resulted from a tanker explosion in Upper Iweka, Onitsha, Anambra State.
The incident was said to have started when a tanker loaded with petrol lost control around Toronto Hospital and veered off the service lane. A part of the tanker reportedly fell off and burst into flames amid pouring petrol, Punch reports.
Residents, including the old and children in most of the buildings, were trapped, as youths had a hard time rescuing them. Eyewitnesses lamented the absence of the fire service at the rescue.
A statement signed by Don Adinuba, Anambra Commissioner for Information, said the governor sympathised with the victims of the tragic incident. He added that efforts were in place to assist those who lost properties in the fire outbreak.
Governor Obiano and the entire people of Anambra State regret this unfortunate situation and His Excellency has taken steps to address the concerns of those affected.
Government therefore requests owners of properties affected by the tragic accident, shop owners and family representatives of deceased victims to assemble at Ekwueme Square, Awka on Monday October 21 2019 at 11am for documentation and to see how the Anambra State Government can assist them.
A panel headed by the Deputy Governor, HE Dr. Nkem Okeke, has been set up by the Governor to immediately determine the cause of the accident, why the firemen could not put out the fire and how the condition of the victims can be ameliorated.
Governor Obiano and all Citizens of Anambra State identify with victims of this unfortunate fire incident and the general inhabitants of Onitsha over this sad inferno. The Anambra State Government will do its best to stand by those affected.