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Goods, Property Worth 20M. Naira Consumed By Fire At Fegge -Hon Aniunoh Embarks On Rescue Mission, Commiserates With Victims
Author: By Nna Anulumadu.
Published on: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Residents of Ziks Avenue Fegge Onitsha, are yet to fully recover from the shock resulting from the fire outbreak that forcefully woke them up early hours of Monday, May 16, 2016. 

           The fire incident which raised down 8 shops and burnt three vehicle at No 90 Zik Avenue by Okigwe Fegge Onitsha was said to have started around 1. am that morning.

            An eyewitness Chief Okechukwu Nnaji whose motor mechanic workshop was affected narrating the ugly incident said he got a distress phone call in the middle of night that his shop has being engulfed by inferno. “Since I was living very close to the shop, I rushed to the place to see if I can savage anything from my shop. Unfortunately, before I could reach there, the deed has been done. Even a vehicle in my shop that was brought for repair was burnt.”

            Chief Nnaji also disclosed that other vehicle parts he purchased for repair of cars were burnt. On the cause of the fire outbreak, Chief Nnaji said that no one could ascertain the immediate cause of fire, stating that they are only suspecting that electrical fault on wiring in one of the shops may have sparked the off fire.

            A neighbor Rex Wilson Anyaoha who spoke to the press said the fire woke them up. “When we woke up and saw the inferno, we did our best by contacting fire fighters around. We firstly called the fires service station at the Onitsha Main Market but they did not pick up their phone. We went to their office ourselves that night and requested them to come and put off the fire yet they turned down our request on the ground that their vehicle had no light to move in the night. In a more sincere effort, we called Okpoko fire service station, and they responded without wasting time. They arrived at the scene within a short period and quenched the fire from moving to other houses around. Without their immediate intervention, a lot of houses in Zik Avenue could have been affected. On this note, I commend Okpoko fire service for their good work. The officer in charge of Okpoko fire station Mrs Mary Afah and her team are responsible and hardworking”.

            The house member representing Onitsha South I Constituency (where the fire incident occurred) Hon Patrick Paddy Aniunoh who got wind of the fire disaster rushed down from Awka same morning and assisted in the rescue mission.

            Hon Aniunoh who spoke to the press at the scene said he was somewhere at Enugu Uku where they went for an official assignment when he got the information. “They have not briefed me on the actual cause of the fire but we will eventually find out what caused it.

            I am only making effort to avert further damage because a tree that also caught fire at the place is at the verge of falling and may fall on people houses if nothing is done.

            The house member while commiserating with the shop owners pledged to brief the appropriate authority on the incident.

            “My duty is to assist in informing the government about what happened here today and advise on what should be done in order to console the victims especially those whose their goods and property worth of millions were destroyed by the fire”.

            He also commended his constituents stating that their attitude to the fire outbreak was commendable.

            “Immediately the fire started, they called the fire brigade and the situation was put under control. My constituents are law abiding people. I encourage them to continue and never relent in doing what is right”.

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