30 feared dead as fire guts gas plant in Nnewi


Pandemonium has broken out in Nnewi, Anambra State as a Christmas eve massive fire outbreak is feared to have claimed at least 30 lives at a gas plant.

The incident occurred at the Chikason Gas Plant, located around Traffic Light junction, in the town, near Onitsha, the state capital.

The inferno started at the production section of the factory and is believed to have killed several employees and customers.

Fire fighters who arrived at the scene in three trucks laboured in vain to contain the fire as it raged, causing monumemntal loss of lives and property.

As at 4.30 pm on Thursday, the fire was still raging as people in the vicinity scampered for safety.

Heavy smoke was seen billowing from the inferno which also left about 50 vehicles damaged.

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