Fire razes Gbongboro section of Onitsha market  


A fire incident has occurred at the White House section of the Onitsha Market, Anambra State.

The section, popularly called “Gbongboro”, serves as a warehouse and also where lace and other clothing materials are being sold and it is located at the back of the market.

A source,  Barth Ifediora, who raised alarm, said the fire broke out early morning of Tuesday, in a section of the market known as White House.

White House is the office of the leaders of the market, an expansive two-storey building and hosts several offices, halls for meetings in the first and second floor, while the ground floor hosts shops.

Traders have, however, mobilized to the market to fight the fire.

An eyewitness said, “The fire started at the White House where they sell lace materials. The place was supposed to be a motor park and an emergency exit but the people blocked it with illegal structures through the approval of some government agencies.

“Even when the fire service will come, there might not be entry point where they could enter easily to start battling the fire, even the traders could not enter to salvage their items and this has made the fire to continue to rage.”

The fire service boss in Anambra State, Martin Agbili could not be reached as of the time of filing this report at about 9:20am as the fire continues to rage.

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