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Anambra LG Secretariat in Ukpo Hit by Fire Outbreak

A section of the Dunukofia Local Government Area secretariat in Ukpo, Dunukofia, Anambra State, was engulfed by fire late on Wednesday, reportedly sparked by bush burning near the premises.

The incident adds to a series of fire outbreaks recently recorded in Anambra State, including at the Timber Market in Nnewi and behind the Sinai Gas Plant in Awka, the state capital.

The fire, which erupted at various times on Tuesday, persisted for hours but was eventually brought under control by the Anambra State Fire Service.

Confirming the incident at the LG secretariat on Wednesday, Anambra State Fire Chief, Martin Agbili, stated that the blaze ignited around 6:53 pm.

Agbili remarked, “At about 18:53hrs (6.53 pm) of Wednesday, Anambra State Fire Service, received a distress call of a heavy fire outbreak at Dunukofia.

“Immediately, we deployed our fire truck and gallant Firefighters to the scene of the fire and fought, controlled and extinguished the fire.

“The cause of the fire was a bush fire which was started by unknown person(s) and encroached into the local government council secretariat.

“During the firefighting operations, we were able to control and extinguish the fire and prevent it from destroying a lot of things at the local government council.

“We withdrew from the fire scene at about 20:30hrs after fighting the fire to a standstill and calming the situation.

“It is also important that we clear all bushes around our environment, especially at this dry season and harmattan, to avoid ‘had I known’. Fire kills but you can prevent it.”

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