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Black Christmas: 120 Die in Anambra Factory Fire

Tragedy struck in Nnewi, Anambra State on Thursday evening as a factory fire claimed no fewer than120 lives.
The cause of the fire at Chikason factory, which also razed several buildings near the factory and raged for over three hours, could not be ascertained at press time.
An eyewitness told our correspondent that “while the fire was on, many buildings closed to the factory caught fire.
Another source said, “It is a pity… Thank God for saving my sister and her family from the incident. They live very close to the plant. As it is now, they have carried up to 20 corpses along the road.”
According to the Red Cross representatives, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the fire started with a gas explosion killing about six persons on the spot.
The Red Cross representative also said that if not for the timely intervention of the Fire service, that the fire would have caused more havoc in the community.
The Red Cross representative also noted thàt the dead had been moved to the mortuary while the injured were rushed to nearby hospitals.
An eye witness noted that it was difficult to ascertain the extent of damage as houses were razed down and efforts were being made by official to ensure that the fire was extinguished.
The Governor, Willie Obiano who visited the scene commiserated with the people of Nnewi, noting that it was a critical period to have casualties.
The governor said he had spoken with the owner of the company, adding that the state would make efforts to station special fire trucks at strategic places in the area to avert future occurrences.


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