Fire razes market in Onitsha


A midnight fire on Monday morning razed down shops at a section of the popular Kano Street market in Onitsha.

Goods worth hundreds of millions of naira were destroyed by the fire.

The incident comes barely two weeks after an explosion at the Ogbo Ogwu market destroyed tens of shops in the commercial city.

The cause of the fire which reportedly started around midnight is yet to be ascertained.

A trader in the market, who identified himself as Obenta Jude said two block of shops within the section of the market known as Kano Street have so far been razed by the inferno.

He said efforts by fire fighters who arrived the scene shortly to put out the fire have not been successful.

Confirming the incident, Fire Chief, Engr Martin Agbili said his men were promptly deployed to the area immediately he was alerted.

He said: “At about 0220hrs (2.20am) of Monday 28-11-2022, Anambra State Fire Service, received a distress call of fire outbreak at Kano Street behind Main Market, Onitsha.

“However, we deployed our fire truck and firefighters to scene of fire and they have been working there. They have gone for refilling of the fire truck twice.