Many Feared Dead In Rivers State As Fire Burns Seven Boats In Popular Jetty

Less than 24 hours after a number of fireplace incidents in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, one other fireplace outbreak has occurred at a well-liked jetty within the Creek Road space of the state capital.

The inferno which occurred at about 10am on Monday on the ever busy Nembe/Bille/Bonny jetty killed a yet-to-be-ascertained variety of folks together with youngsters and girls.

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SaharaReporters learnt that the hearth destroyed about seven boats and different gadgets value hundreds of thousands of naira.

Witnesses on the jetty alleged {that a} man suspected to be a loader on one of many boats was seen smoking cigarette which ignited the hearth.

One of the witnesses who did not need his identify talked about mentioned that each one the affected boats have been laden with inflammable substances like gasoline and diesel which quickened the unfold of the hearth from the waterfront to the upland, burning all the pieces at sight.

He mentioned, “A woman watched helplessly as her four children were trapped in one of the ill-fated boats while another woman with her three children was burnt by the fire.

“The fire started at 10am. Some of those boats came from Bayelsa and Bille. Loaders were busy offloading goods from the boats and one of them was smoking cigarette. It was the cigarette that actually ignited the fire.

“About seven boats are involved in the accident. I can’t give you the exact figure of the casualties because, as you can see, all the affected boats have been burnt to ashes.”

Another witness mentioned that a variety of victims have been rushed to an undisclosed hospital for pressing medical consideration.

On his half, the Chairman of the Flying boat, Nembe waterfront, Mr. David Teke warned that in no way ought to any employee or boat driver be allowed to smoke or drink on the jetty.

Meanwhile, the Rivers State Government has threatened to confiscate any property within the state used for unlawful oil bunkering actions and to additionally prosecute their house owners accordingly.

The state Commissioner for Special Duties, Emeka Onowu, said this on Monday throughout an on-the-spot evaluation of the damages attributable to the Saturday evening fireplace outbreak at Isiokpo avenue, D-Line in addition to that of an identical incident on Sunday morning at Rumuokoro group in Obio/Akpor LGA of the state.

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Many Feared Dead In Rivers State As Fire Burns Seven Boats In Popular Jetty

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