The Director, Anambra State Fire Service, Engr. Martin Agbili has condemned an attack on firefighters responding to a distress call in the Nkpor area of the state on Friday.
The Chief Fire Officer took to his Facebook page on Saturday to condemn the attack on the personnel and fire truck. He also shared photos of the damaged trucks.
He said that people should know that firefighters are also humans and not the cause of fire outbreak.
Narrating what transpired, Agbili wrote: “At about 2146 hours (9.46 pm), Anambra State Fire Service received a distress call of Fire outbreak along new Motor spare Parts Nkpor.
“Immediately, we deployed our fire trucks and firefighters to the fire scene.
“It was a truck overloaded with mattresses that gutted fire by which ignited fire when the overloaded mattresses hooked on a naked wire that was disconnected from an electric pole along new motor spare parts, Nkpor.
“As the first fire truck gets to the fire scene, some uninformed persons started throwing stones on fire truck and firefighters.
“At the process, they damaged our Fire trucks and firefighters escaped.
“Just look at what they did to our fire truck and will later expect firefighters to respond to fire outbreaks.”
Agbili reiterated that people must understand that firefighters are never the cause of fire outbreak.
He said that they must also understand that “firefighters are only coming to give assistance to fire victims”.