Fire has razed the Mata Foam Depot in Nodu Market, Okpuno, Anambra State, and destroyed multi-million naira worth of goods.
The cause of the fire incident which broke out at about 5:39 pm on Monday was yet to be ascertained.
According to eyewitnesses, the fire emanated from a corner of the factory and started spreading fast because of the combustible nature of materials at the factory.
The eyewitnesses said the incident caused panic around the community because of the several gas refilling shops surrounding the vicinity.
Confirming the incident in a statement, the Anambra State fire chief, Martin Agbili, said the men of the fire service responded immediately it the distress call.
Agbili stated that the firefighting operation was very successful as they were able to stop, control and extinguished the fire to a standstill.
He said, “At about 1739hrs (5.39pm) of 23-01-2023, we received a distress call of a fire outbreak at Mata Foam Depot, Nodu Okpuno.
“Immediately, we deployed our fire truck and our brave firefighters to the fire scene.
“The firefighting operation was very successful as we were able to fight, stop, control and extinguished the fire to stand still.
“We were able to save a lot of mattresses in the depot. We saved also all the surrounding residential homes around the fire scene.
“We want to use this medium to thank the general public who assisted us during the operation and also those that put the call across to us.
“Please note that January and February are the peaks of the harmattan when we usually experience a great number of fire outbreaks. Please avoid anything which can cause a fire outbreak.”