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NEWS UPDATE: Two major fire incidents hit Rivers in less than 24 hours

NEWS UPDATE: Two major fire incidents hit Rivers in less than 24 hours

In less than 24 hours, 2 major flame incidents have strike Port Harcourt, the Rivers Province working capital, leaving properties worth millions of naira destroyed.

The firstly incident took location on Saturday nighttime at the building behind the pop fruit garden market place in Port Harcourt City Local Regime Area of Rivers Province.

The flame started and around 8 pm and lasted for several hours before men for the federal flame service were able to pose it out.

The flame destroyed several buildings around the area including a new generation church building.

It is believed to have been caused by “combustive materials”, according to the Rivers Province Commissioner for Free energy and Natural Resources, Dr. Peter Medee who visited the flame scene on Lord’s Day for an on-the-spot assessment.

The commissioner said, “I have seen that this company is not in surgical procedure, and because it is not in surgical procedure, the premises has been converted to utilization for unwholesome practices which may not also be far from the storage of crude products by people doing things that are illegal”.

Also speaking, the Rivers Province Commander of the Federal Flame Service, Abdullahi Audu, who was also at the scene promised that an investigation into the cause of the flame will before long commence.

In less than 24 hours some other building around the Rumuagholu area of Obio Akpor local regime of Rivers province was gutted by flame.

The flame speedily spread to other structures around the area.

Initial attempts by men of the Federal Flame Service to pose out the flame proved abortive as it continued to spread to other structures including the fence of a new generation bank in the area.

A reinforcement squad of the flame service nevertheless nonetheless arrived at the scene and were able to pose out the flame after several hours.

An eyewitness linked the flame to activities of “oil bunkerers” in the building.

 





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