Fire Engulfs Dunukofia LG Secretariat in Anambra State

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A portion of the Dunukofia Local Government Area secretariat in Ukpo, Dunukofia, Anambra State, has been ravaged by fire.

The fire outbreak, which occurred late on Wednesday, was attributed to bush burning near the local government secretariat.

Earlier reports indicated that separate fire incidents were recorded at the Timber Market in Nnewi and behind the Sinai Gas Plant in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

The fires, occurring at different times on Tuesday, blazed for hours but were eventually brought under control by the Anambra State Fire Service.

Martin Agbili, the Anambra State Fire Chief, confirmed Wednesday’s incident at the LG secretariat, stating that it commenced around 6:53 pm.

Agbili explained, “At about 18:53hrs (6.53 pm) of Wednesday, Anambra State Fire Service, received a distress call of a heavy fire outbreak at Dunukofia.

“Immediately, we deployed our fire truck and gallant Firefighters to the scene of the fire and fought, controlled, and extinguished the fire.

“The cause of the fire was a bush fire which was started by unknown person(s) and encroached into the local government council secretariat.

“During the firefighting operations, we were able to control and extinguish the fire and prevent it from destroying a lot of things at the local government council.

“We withdrew from the fire scene at about 20:30hrs after fighting the fire to a standstill and calming the situation.

“It is also important that we clear all bushes around our environment, especially at this dry season and harmattan, to avoid ‘had I known’. Fire kills but you can prevent it.”

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