About 48 hours after a petrol tanker accident resulted to fire disaster at Upper Iweka and Ochanja areas of Onitsha in Anambra state, another petrol tanker caused yet more damage early on Friday morning in Onitsha.
The fire incident occurred at Omaba Phase 2 around Chukwudi Bus Stop, Onitsha after another tanker laden with petrol fell at the middle of Onitsha/Enugu Expressway at about 3:30am on Friday.
Emeka Obinwa, Executive Assistant Media to Governor Willie Obiano on Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, confirmed the incident to News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Awka.
He said the SEMA team visited the scene about 4am on Friday, adding that no life was lost.
Obinwa said the incident took the same dimension as that of Wednesday afternoon, but noted that the timely arrival of fire fighters in the state led to the quenching of the inferno.
He said: “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 2.
“The petroleum product spilled through the gutter and resulted in the fire extending beyond the point the vehicle fell.”
He said the fire extended to a mechanic workshop around the area and burnt vehicles parked in the place.
Obinwa said that full assessment on both Upper Iweka/Ochanja and Omaba disaster would be carried out by the agency.