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Awka Petrol Fire: Fire Chief warns on fresh harmattan

By Onyeka Uwakwe, Awka on Monday Feb 11, 2019.. Edited and Updated on Tuesday Feb 12, 2019 9:29 am. 1494 Views
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Awka Petrol Fire: Fire Chief warns on fresh harmattan

Onyeka Uwakwe - Awka - Monday Feb 11, 2019.

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Anambra Chief  Fire  Officer  hasEngr. Martin Agbili has alerted Anambra people on the return of harmattan. Mr Agbii was speaking on the heels of recent fire incident at Awka.

Seven persons were reported dead in Anambra State, following a petrol tanker fire Saturday night at Amawbia Roundabout. There are reports that the petrol in the tanker discharged into a drainage channel thereby further easily spreading the fire.

Engr. Agbili sympathised with  affected people over loss of lives and property. The Fire Chief also thanked all law enforcement agencies for contributing to speedy resolution of the incident.

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Recalling the fire disaster that took place on *Saturday 9th Febuary, 2019 at about 2030Hrs*, caused by a fallen petrol tanker explosion, on behalf of Anambra State Fire Service, I wish to Express my sincere gratitude to the general public for their immeasurable support and coordination in fighting the fire outbreak.

I wish to use this opportunity to thank the government of Anambra State especially our responsive and diligent Governor, Chief Dr Willie Obiano for the much attention he has given to Anambra State Fire Service in provision of fire fighting kits and equipment to combat fire. This contributed to the fire fighting spirit of the Anambra firefighters during the fire incident. I want also to appreciate all the State Firefighters, the Nigerian Police Force, FRSC, NSCDC, Red Cross and other Security Agencies for their support during to the Anambra State Fire Service in fighting the fire disaster to a stand still and safeguarding peoples properties & lives.

By this statement, I deeply want to sympathize with people who lost their properties and whose people lost their lives to the inferno. Those who were injured, I wish you all quick recovery.*

I want to use this medium to inform the general public that harmattan is back and that we may be witnessing incessant fire outbreaks. I therefore, advice the public to avoid anything that can cause fire outbreak at this dry season. I am also urging the public to continue the solidarity and call the Fire Service as soon as they notice any fire without delay. 

Finally, I want to reassure Ndi Anambra and the general public that it is still our core mandate to protect the lives and properties against fire and that Anambra State Fire Service is still committed in discharging primary this duty. It is important to know that fire prevention and proper fire safety management will help so much in fire disaster control. Anambra State Fire Service is only requesting for our continuous support and coordination to make Anambra State a fire disaster free.


God bless you all.

Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria

Long Live Anambra State

Long Live Government of Anambra State

Long Live Anambra State Fire Service

Long Live Anambra Firefighters




Anambra State Fire Service

Source: Press Release


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