- Anambra government could compensate victims of incident.
- Anambra State Fire Service were unable to quench the inferno.
Anambra Governor Willie Obiano has condoled with the family of a woman and her child who was burnt to death in a truck accident in Onitsha, the state capital.
Governor Obiano has therefore directed owners of properties affected by the tragic accident, including shop owners, to report at the Conference Room of the Secretary to the State Government on Monday, October 21, 2019, see how the Anambra State Government can assist them.
A tanker laden with premium motor spirit, popularly known as petrol, had on Wednesday fell into a ditch and began to spill its contents. Some people quickly went there with the kegs to scoop some of the spilled content. Later, a ball of fire resulted from this incident and quickly spread.
The fire could have been prevented from doing more damage by men of the Anambra State Fire Service who arrived at the scene with their equipment but were unable to quench the inferno. The angry mob at the scene also prevented other fire trucks, including one from neighbouring Asaba in Delta State, from getting to the scene.
Don Adinuba, the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, in a statement by said that a panel will be set up immediately to determine the cause of the accident, why the firemen could not put out the fire and how the condition of the victims can be ameliorated.
Governor Obiano also prayed for the repose of the souls of the woman and child who died in the accident. The Anambra State Government will assist their families in their burials.
The current casualty figure is seven as some houses and cars got burnt as well.
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This is not the first time such will be happening in the state. Earlier in the year, a tanker fully loaded with petrol exploded near the lodge of the Governor at Amawbia junction in Anambra State.
The petrol tanker was reported to have skidded off the road due to some circumstances.
Watch the fire incident below.
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