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Fire destroys property worth millions

Fire has destroyed household effects and property worth millions of naira at Adagbe Avomimi Village, Enugwu Ukwu, in Njikoka local government area of Anambra state.

The raging fire which started at about half-past four on Monday evening, destroyed the roof of the two-story building and some property before residents rushed to assist in controlling it.

An eye witness and tenant in the Boys’ quarters of the building, Mr Sebastin Uba, told Radio Nigeria that the fire may have emanated from behind the fence where hunters had set fire.

According to him, the fire set up by suspected hunters raged and entered the roof of the two-story building from a palm tree close to the structure.

However, the fire was put under control by men of the Anambra State Fire Service who arrived at the scene after receiving a distress call.

In an interview, the Fire Chief of the Anambra State Fire Service, Mr Martin Agbili said four fire outbreaks were recorded at different locations within the state in one day.

Mr Agbili who blamed the situation on indiscriminate bush burning by hunters, dropping cigarette tubs among others called on residents to be mindful of the harmattan period and always standby while burning anything.

Radio Nigeria correspondent Uche Ndeke reports that the four fire incidents occurred at Holy Family, Ifite Awka, a building close to Comprehensive Secondary School, Nawfia, a trailer parked at Ihiala, and the two-story building at Enugwu Ukwu.

Reporting by Uche Ndeke, Editing by Tola Oguneye