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UPDATE: 2 dead, Houses razed as tanker explodes near Onitsha market

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Update from our correspondent, Chuks Collins:

Late afternoon fire explosion involving a tanker fully loaded with petrol at the Upper Iweka/Oçhanja road intersection area of Onitsha has wrecked havoc in the commercial city.

Though police is yet to confirm the casualty figure, but an eye witness account said a nursing mother and her child died in the incident, while a three storey residence was completely razed.

Already, the fire has been brought under control with the timely arrival of security agencies/Red Cross officers led by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang.

Three-storey building caught in the inferno

Earlier report:

Many residents of Onitsha in Anambra state are currently trapped as a result of fire outbreak in the commercial city.

A witness said a diesel-laden truck, which lost control, exploded after ramming into some buildings in the Upper Iweka axis of the city.

The incident sparked confusion among residents and traders at nearby Ochanga market.

The fire had not been put out as of the time of filing this report.

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