The Anambra Police Command has released a press statement on the fire incident at Onitcha, caused by a petrol tanker.
In a press statement released by SP Haruna Mohammed, PPRO Anambra State Police Command, for-Commissioner of Police Anambra State Command, the police said investigation is on to ascertain the real cause of the incident.
The Police patrol teams have also taken charge of the area to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage to loot.
ANAMBRA STATE POLICE COMMAND DIARY:
Today 16/10/2019 at about 12:59 pm,a trailer loaded with petroleum product lost control at upper iweka, along Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Onitsha and crashed inside a pavement in between the expressway.
As a result, the fire spilled over through the gutter and affected many shops and houses.
The Commissioner of Police, CP John B.Abang visited the scene for on the spot assessment and appealed to the residents to remain calm. Fire Service department was equally contacted.
Meanwhile, a yet to be identified woman and her baby caught up by the inferno and burnt beyond recognition were rushed to Toronto hospital but certified dead by a medical doctor while receiving treatment.
Consequently,Police patrol teams have cordoned off the area to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage to loot while effort is still ongoing to put off the fire.
Case under investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident please.
SP Haruna Mohammed, PPRO Anambra State Police Command,
For-Commissioner of Police Anambra State Command.