Onitsha fuel tanker fire: 3 dead, Ochanja Market, residential houses in flames

At least three people, including a mother and child, were burnt to death in a fuel tanker inferno in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Parts of Ochanja Market stores were also burnt, in addition to about 6 residential houses, including three 4-storey homes and some vehicles.

Daily Sun learnt that the fuel tanker laden with substance suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) lost control and fell inside the drainage channel at MCC bus stop near Toronto Hospital, Upper-Iweka, Onitsha.

The tanker’s head had dislodged from the body and continued in motion until stopped at the Upper Iweka fly over. A few minutes later, the tanker exploded, spilling and igniting its content over the drainage system.

As the fuel flowed onto the drainage channels, the fire continued raging and burning many houses along Iweka road before the fire spread to parts of Ochanja Market.

A woman and her child lost their lives as they were attempting to jump the large gutter at Ochanja Market First Gate. They fell inside the gutter and were burnt beyond recognition.

THE SUN

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