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Mob Attack Prevented Firefighters from Assessing Onitsha Tanker Explosion Scene— Federal Fire Service

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The Controller-General, Federal Fire Service, Ibrahim Liman, has explained that men of the service who were deployed to fight the fire outbreak that resulted from the tanker explosion at Ochanja Market, Onitsha, Anambra State, on Wednesday, were prevented from getting to the scene of the fire by a mob. 

He said the mob also attacked the men of the service, noting that as a result it was impossible for the firefighters to get to the scene and fight the fire in such a hostile environment.

Mr Liman, in a statement by the FFS spokesman, Ugo Huan, in Abuja on Thursday however expressed sadness over the incidence in which many lives were lost and scores of property destroyed.

“The Federal Fire Service received a call about the fire outbreak at around 2:00 p.m. The control room at the headquarters in Abuja immediately turned out the nearest Federal Fire Service station at Asaba, Delta State, to attend to the fire.

“Our men immediately headed to the scene, but it was not possible to contend with the heavy traffic at the Niger Bridge and behaviour of a mob who pelted them with stones. Thus, it was not possible for the firefighters to get to the scene and fight the fire in such a hostile environment,” the statement read. 

Mr Liman reiterated the FFS commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property, disclosing that the service had distributed new fire trucks to the 12 service zones across the country.

He urged Nigerians to support the FSS in saving lives and property during fire outbreaks, adding that the FFS is always ready to respond to fire outbreaks and other emergencies across the nation.

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