Fire razes Onitsha paper shops, destroys N500m worth of goods

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A mysterious fire has destroyed multi-million naira with of valuables at the Onitsha Printing Paper Dealers market, Woliwo area of the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra state.

The fire incident reportedly started at about 7 p.m., when the traders had already closed their shops and went home. It took off from SPW block and spread to EMWO and EMS blocks before creeping into empty cartons and wedding cards section, and then to the nearby motor spare parts market, before the intervention of men of the state fire service from Ogidi unit.

The fire reduced over 300 shops to complete ruins.

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Speaking on behalf of the market Chairman, the assistant secretary, Evangelist Emma Ohanugo, told newsmen that it took men of the state fire service almost two hours to arrive the scene.

Ohanugo added that the State Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Dr. Christian Madubuko had equally visited the scene to commiserate with the victims, with an assurance of possible assistance from the governor.

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