A foam depot in Nodu market, Okpuno in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State was razed by fire on Monday evening.
It was gathered that the fire ensued from a corner of the factory and spread due to the combustible nature of materials at the factory.
According to a statement signed by the Director/Fire Chief of Anambra Fire Service, Mr. Martin Agbili, a distress call was received and his men responded swiftly to put out the fire.
The statement reads: “At about 5:39 PM of 23-01-2023, we received a distress call of a fire outbreak at Mata Foam Depot, Nodu Okpuno.”
“Immediately, we deployed our fire truck and our brave firefighters to the fire scene. The firefighting operation was very successful as we were able to fight, stop, control and extinguished the fire to stand still.”
“We were able to save a lot of mattresses in the depot. We saved also all the surrounding residential homes around the fire scene.”
“We want to use this medium to thank the general public who assisted us during the operation and also those that put the call across to us.
“Please note that January and February are the peaks of the harmattan when we usually experience a great number of fire outbreaks. Please avoid anything which can cause a fire outbreak.”
The incident reportedly caused panic around the area because of several gas refilling shops surrounding the vicinity while goods worth millions of naira were destroyed.