By Ifeanyi Okonkwo
The Chief Fire Officer and Director of the Anambra State Fire Service, Engr Martin Onyedikachukwu Agbili has said that Delta State cannot take credit for fighting the Onitsha tanker explosion which happened Sunday night.
He said contrary to rumours in the grapevine that it was the Delta State Fire Service that fought the fire incident at Chris Tee petrol station Onitsha sunday night, “such were untrue because it was firefighters from Anambra State Fire Service who fought and extinguished the fire.“
Agbili who made the clarifications in a press statement signed by him and made available to The Union Nigeria, in Awka on Monday, noted that men of the state fire service responded promptly as they received distress calls of a fire outbreak in the late hours of Sunday night.
The statement reads, ” At about 1930hours (7.30pm) of yesterday being Sunday 12th December 2021, we received a distress call of fire outbreak at one of the fueling station at Onitsha.
“Immediately, our Firefighters and fire trucks were deployed to the fire incident scene to fight and extinguish the fire.
“On getting to the fire scene, we found out that the fire was in Chris-Tee and Silver filling stations near Boromio roundabout, Onitsha.
“At the fire scene were four (4) firefighting trucks and Firefighters, and other sister agencies who were helping in the crowd and traffic control.
“As at the time of this report, we are yet to ascertain the route cause of the fire outbreak as that can be determined after proper fire investigation.
“To the glory of God, no life was lost at the inferno. Although, about two tanker loaded with diesel and about 7 different cars were burnt during the inferno.
“The Fire was fought to standstill with mixture of water and chemical foam compound. Our firemen and fire trucks are safe after fighting the fire.
“Men of Fire Service finally left the fire scene at about 0125hrs (1.25am) of Monday 13th December 2021.
“According to information on ground, the fire started at CHRISTEE Gas plant and spread over to the two other near by SILVER Fuelling Stations and other places.
“I want to use this medium to let the public to disregard that the Anambra State Fire Service came unprepared to the fire scene. We are ever ready to fight fire anywhere in Anambra State.
“ That all the public owe Anambra State Fire Service is to call them in time. Your call in time will determine the response time to any fire distress call.
“I want people to disregard, that it was Delta State Fire Service that came to fight the fire at Onitsha. We must know that Delta Fire Service did not cross the boundary talk less of coming closer to the fire scene.
“We must remember that fire prevention/fire safety management is everybody’s business while firefighting remains for fire service especially when the fire has gotten out of control.
“Finally, I want to reassure Ndi Anambra of our commitment to our duty of safeguarding the lives and properties of Ndi Anambra in terms of any fire outbreak.” He said.