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A fire has destroyed some of the stores at the Ose Main Market in Onitsha, Anambra State.

The fire occurred at around 1.02 am on Saturday, however the cause has not yet been determined as of the time of filing this report.

Drums of chemicals are sold at the stores, which are at 4 Ajasa Street.

Dr. Martin Agbili, the Fire Chief for Anambra State, confirmed the occurrence in a statement and stated that firefighters who were dispatched right away to the area in response to a distress call battled the fire all night.

He said, “At about 1:02 am on Saturday, the Anambra State Fire Service, received a distress call of a fire outbreak at No 4 Ajasa Street, Ose Main Market, Onitsha, where they sell drums of chemicals.

“Immediately, we deployed our fire truck and our ever-ready and fearless Firefighters to the fire scene. We swift into action, battled the fire, controlled and fought it to a standstill.

“The cause of the fire was unknown as nobody was there when it started. Although, the fire destroyed about three shops but no life was lost during the heavy fire. A lot were saved as we prevented the fire from spreading to other shops around the fire incident scene.

“It is important to know that we must always switch off of our electrical and electronic appliances especially when it is not in use.

“We must also know that we are at the peak of the harmattan. Avoid anything which can cause fire outbreak at this season.”