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NEWS UPDATE: Fire guts two buildings on same street in Owerri

NEWS UPDATE: Fire guts two buildings on same street in Owerri

2 buildings on the same street were, within a week, gutted by flame in Owerri, the Imo Province working capital.

The incidents occurred at no 1 and 9, Eke-Ada Street on Saturday and Lord’s Day respectively.

A DAILY POST correspondent, who visited the scene at No 9 on Lord’s Day, learnt that the flame incident was triggered by an electrical surge shortly after powerfulness was restored.

It was also gathered that valuable properties worth millions of naira were destroyed in some other inferno that totally razed the firstly storey of the No 1 building on the same street during the incident betwixt 12 am to 12:30 am on Saturday.

Fielding interrogation from DAILY POST on Lord’s Day shortly after the emergency surgery, the Assistant Superintendent of Flaming, ASF 1, Federal Flaming Service, Owerri, Okafor Okorie, said the agency received distress calls and activated its response program.

He said, “On arrival, the Federal Flaming Service discovered a storey building engulfed in flames but speedily intervened.”

Okorie said that the flame incident at No 1 Eke-Ada, which was suspected to have been triggered by an electrical surge affected only one plane on the firstly storey.

He said the Flaming Service emergency responders squad came within 5 minutes and prevented the flame from escalating to other flats.

Okorie explained that the quick response of the flame service squad effectively stopped the flame from extending to other properties around it. He added that fortunately, no loss of life and no injuries were recorded.

DAILY POST gathered that the occupants of the said plane lost all asset because they had all gone to church building for Lord’s Day service before the flame outbreak.

When DAILY POST visited the other building at No 1 Eke-Ada Street, the landlord, a pensioner, was said to have collapsed and still receiving medical attending in an undisclosed infirmary patch other occupants are still mourning.

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