Onitsha Market experiences fire outbreak as tanker explodes: houses gutted by fire, residents trapped
There is pandemonium in Onitsha, the Anambra State commercial capital, as a petrol tanker fire razes areas around Ochanga Market, with many feared trapped and dead in the escalating inferno.
Official casualty figure is yet to be determined, but witness reports suggest that many, including women and children, have lost their lives in the flames, with tens sustaining various degrees of burns.
According to residents, a petrol tanker loaded with fuel was said to have lost control, fallen and exploded on traders, passersby and many others in the area.
The ensuing fire was said to have spread to adjoining building, shops and stalls that dot the zone. The fire traced the path of the fuel spill, burning down everything in its way.
Supreme Magazine will bring you more updates and statistics as events and data are confirmed.