Seven persons sustain injury as newly procured gas cooker explodes in Onitsha


…As fire guts INEC office in Ogidi

A total of seven persons have sustained varying degrees of injury following fire outbreak alleged to have emanated from a gas cooker recently procured which exploded in the course of using it for the first time.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra State Police command, SP Haruna Mohammed, listed the names of the victims as; Nonso Okafor, Nkechi Chinyere Okafor, Chizoba Okafor, Ebuka Okafor, Nwabuchi Chukwutor, Chialuka Nwabuchi and Ifeoma Nwabuchi even as it revealed that no life was lost and that victims were responding to treatment.

It noted that the fire outbreak which was reported at about 10.30am on Sunday occurred at one Mbamalu Patty’s house affecting two rooms of a storey building at No. 23 Emmanuel Church road, Inland town Onitsha.

The statement added that following the distress call, Police patrol team led by DPO Inland town Division rushed to the scene and the fire was put off by local volunteers.

It however observed that the area was cordoned off to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage of the situation to loot adding that the casualties were taken to Borromeo/Minas hospitals, Onitsha for medical attention saying that investigation into the incident was ongoing.

“It continued, “Also, at about 12:30pm of today 2/2/2020 there was another fire incident at INEC office, Ogidi in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State.

“Police patrol team led by DPO Ogidi Division rushed to the scene and Fire Service Department is contacted.

“Scene was cordoned off and effort is ongoing to put off the fire and prevent it from escalating to other adjourning buildings. The fire allegedly emanates from bush burning. However, extent of damages done yet to be determined

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, CP John B.Abang,fdc has ordered for a discreet investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident please.”

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