Fire Guts Shops In Popular Onitsha Market

by Oluwamuyiwa Oyedele

An early morning fire on Monday razed many perfumes, ladies’ wares, cosmetics and wig shops on Kano street near Onitsha main market in Anambra.

The Main Market is said to be the biggest market in West Africa.

It was gathered that the fire started at around 1am on Monday, and has defied attempts by men of the Anambra State Fire Service to extinguish it.

However, Martin Agbili, the fire service director, said the fire had been contained.

“The situation is under control; the major fire has been controlled. Heavy properties got burnt and lost to the fire incident because of the nature of the commodities being sold in that area, which helped spread the fire faster,” he said.

The director said investigations had commenced to determine the cause of the fire.

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