Yesterday, Sunday, December 12, 2021, at about 7.30pm. there was a fire outbreak at one of the petrol stations (Chris Tee) around Borromeo roundabout, Onitsha.
In a statement issued today by the Anambra State Fire Chief, Engineer Martin Agbili, he noted that immediately the department got the distress call, he mobilised firefighters and fire trucks to the fire incident scene to fight and extinguish the inferno.
The release read in part, “On getting to the fire scene, we found out that the fire was in Chris-Tee and Silver filling stations near Boromio roundabout, Onitsha”.
” At the fire scene were four (4) fire fighting trucks and Firefighters, and other sister agencies who were helping in the crowd and traffic control.”
” As at the time of this report, we are yet to ascertain the route cause of the fire outbreak as that can be determined after proper fire investigation. To the glory of God, no life was lost at the inferno. Although, about two tankers loaded with diesel and about 7 different cars were burnt during the inferno”.
However, contrary to reports that fire fighters and fight fighting trucks from Asaba, Delta State were used to extinguish the fire, Engr. Agbili declared that the inferno was fought to standstill and later fully extinguished by the officers and men of the Anambra State Fire Service.
” I want people to DISREGARD, that it was Delta State Fire Service that came to fight the fire at Onitsha. We must know that Delta Fire Service did not cross the boundary talk less of coming closer to the fire scene. I want use this medium to let the public to DISREGARD, that the Anambra State Fire Service came unprepared to fire scene. We are ever ready to fight fire anywhere in Anambra State. That all the public owe Anambra State Fire Service is to call them in time. Your call in time will determine the RESPONSE time to any fire distress call”.
According to an eye witness the fire started at CHRISTEE Gas plant and spread over to the two other petrol stations and other places.