On Friday at about 8:30am at the popular Upper Iweka junction of the commercial city a petrol tanker laden with the premium motor spirit reportedly sparked fire infront of the Relief market leaving many shops and buildings around the scene burnt.
According to an eye witness, the incident was caused by the articulated truck which broke down at the bad portion of the busy Onitsha-Owerri expressway.
The fire caused serious traffic gridlock along the highway, as Fire servicemen both from Anambra and Delta states battled the raging fire.
Confirming the incident, Police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga said;
“Information reveals that the cause of the fire is as a result of a tanker carrying fuel by Obodoukwu junction along Onitsha river Owerri road fell.
“The situation is under control and is closely monitored. The Police and fire service are currently on the ground there.”