Fire guts foam industry, destroys goods worth millions in Anambra

A foam industry in Nodu market, Okpuno, Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State was on Monday evening razed by fire outbreak, destroying multi-million goods.

The Informant247 gathered that the branch of the industry in Obosi had been gutted by fire on Christmas Eve of last year. The cause of the fire incident, which broke out at about 5:39 pm was yet to be ascertained.

The Informant247 learnt that the fire emanated from a corner of the factory and spread due to combustible nature of materials at the factory, causing panic around the area because of several gas refilling shops surrounding the vicinity.

Engr. Martin Agbili, the state fire Chief, while confirming the incident, said his men responded swiftly when they were alerted.

He said: “At about 1739hrs (5.39pm) of 23-01-2023, we received a distress call of a fire outbreak at Mata Foam Depot, Nodu Okpuno.

“Immediately, we deployed our fire truck and our brave firefighters to the fire scene. The firefighting operation was very successful as we were able to fight, stop, control and extinguished the fire to stand still.

“We were able to save a lot of mattresses in the depot. We saved also all the surrounding residential homes around the fire scene.

“We want to use this medium to thank the general public who assisted us during the operation and also those that put the call across to us.

“Please note that January and February are the peaks of the harmattan when we usually experience great number of fire outbreaks. Please avoid anything which can cause fire outbreak.”

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