Tanker Fire Destroys Buildings, Properties In Onitsha

Channels Television  
Updated February 16, 2017

unijosfire3A petrol tanker laden with diesel on Wednesday night exploded at Upper New Market Road, by DMGS Roundabout, Onitsha, destroying buildings, vehicles and properties worth millions of naira.

Fire fighters and a large dispatch of security personnel ranging from the Police, Army, Civil Defense, Road Safety and the Red Cross were on ground to assist in quenching the inferno.

According to eye witnesses, the tanker driver was negotiating the DMGS roundabout when it s fell with a loud thud, causing explosion immediately and spreading fire to several buildings, offices and shops within the area.

Meanwhile, the Anambra State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Tony Nnacheta, decried the enormity of the disaster but remained grateful to God that no death was recorded.

Reacting to the incident, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumu commended the effort of the police in warding off miscreants who wanted to use the opportunity to steal.

The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Sunday Ajayi, on his part informed that “there will be an investigation into what caused the falling of the tanker as the driver should, ordinarily, be able to navigate the roundabout, if truly he is a driver”.