Following the fire incident that happened on Wednesday at Ochanja market area of Onitsha, the Federal Fire Service has released an official statement.
Federal Fire Service blamed traffic and mob that gathered at the Ochanja market area of Onitsha for preventing them from having access to the fire scene.
In a statement released by the Federal Fire Service, on Thursday October 17, the spokesperson Ugo Huan said the angry mob who pelted stones at them made it difficult its firefighters from the nearest station in Asaba to fight the fire.
Read the statement
The Federal Fire Service received a call about the fire outbreak around 2.00 p.m.
“The control room at the headquarters in Abuja immediately turned out its nearest station at Asaba, Delta State, to attend to the fire.
“Our men immediately headed to the scene but it was not possible to contend with the heavy traffic at the Niger head bridge, coupled with the behaviour of an angry mob who pelted stones at them.
“The Federal Fire Service is committed to ensuring the safety of lives and property, with the procurement of new state-of-the-art firefighting trucks distributed to the 12 zones of the service across the nation.
“The service is always ready to respond to fire outbreaks and other emergencies across the nation.
“It is worthy to note that similar situations in recent past in Sokoto, Uyo, Minna, Ibadan, Osun, and Lagos were prevented from escalating to a major disaster by the Federal Fire Service.
“The case of the Ochanja market was an unfortunate one, as one will wonder why individuals will want to attack firefighters that came to help put out the fire that was threatening lives and ravaging property,” he said.
Huan added that “the service will like to use this opportunity to appeal to Nigerians that in as much as the fire service is prepared and committed to saving of lives and property in emergencies, their support and cooperation is highly needed to do that.”