Millions lost as strange fire destroys Onitsha pharmaceutical market

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The Onitsha drug market, otherwise known as ‘Bridge Head Market’ was in the early hours of Saturday gutted by fire.

Goods worth millions of naira  were said to have been destroyed in the inferno.

The fire incident, it was gathered started at about 6am from the Redemption Line of the market.

Our correspondent learnt  that the quick intervention of the men of the Fire Service from Onitsha Main market and Building Materials Market Ogidi prevented the fire from spreading to other parts of the market.

Shop owners were seen in clearing their shops of  rubble and counting their losses.

However, no life was  lost in the incident, but goods and cash lost in the disaster were described as colossal.

A  victims, Chidubem Uzochukwu, told our correspondent that he lost N700,000 cash and goods worth over N15m.

The President of  the Association of Medical and Pharmaceutical Products Dealers, Onitsha Market, Mr. Uche Eze, said he was called by market security men  at about 6.15 am  on Saturday that there was a fire outbreak at Redemption Line and he quickly called men of the Fire Service from Onitsha Main Market and Building Materials Market Ogidi.

He said he also alerted members of his executive, who responded immediately and were able to quench the fire to avoid it spreading to the entire market.Punch


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