Onitsha drug market gutted by fire

The Onitsha drug market, also known as ‘Bridge Head Market’ was gutted by fire in the early hours of Saturday .

Pharmaceutical Products worth millions of naira were said to have been destroyed in the inferno.

According to reports, the fire incident started at about 6am from the Redemption Line of the market, but for the quick intervention of the men of the Fire Service from Onitsha Main market and Building Materials Market Ogidi, the fire would have spread to other parts of the market.

Shop owners were seen clearing their shops of rubble and counting their losses. However, no life was  lost in the incident, but goods and cash lost in the disaster were described as colossal.

One of the victims, Chidubem Uzochukwu, told pressmen that he lost N700,000 cash and goods worth over N15m.

The President of  the Association of Medical and Pharmaceutical Products Dealers, Onitsha Market, Mr. Uche Eze, said he was called by market security men at about 6.15 am  on Saturday that there was a fire outbreak at Redemption Line and he quickly called men of the Fire Service from Onitsha Main Market and Building Materials Market Ogidi.

He said he also alerted members of his executive, who responded immediately and were able to quench the fire to avoid it spreading to the entire market.

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