Pregnant woman, three children fear dead as Fire outbreaks hit Nembe waterside in Port Harcourt
Fire outbreak on Monday hit Bonny/Bille Jetties of Nembe Waterside, Creek Road, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area (LGA), Rivers state. Bodies of a pregnant woman and three children were reportedly recovered as scores were feared missing and several others who sustained severe burns rushed to the medical emergencies.
Some eyewitnesses alleged that the afternoon inferno was sparked from the lighter of a cigarette smoker who was offloading fuel from a boat that burst in flames as he ignited his lighter, engulfing six other houseboats within.
A witness simply identified as Johnson narrated, “Children and many others are feared dead. The boat was parked beside 6 others. One loaded passengers with timber, crayfish, garri, kerosene, and other food items waiting to take off.
“You know here they used to bring fuel and diesel, even the water was covered with much fuel that any spark could spread wildfire. The spark is what caused the fire.
Madam Elijah who also saw it happen, said, “These boys that don’t want to be useful to themselves have just wasted the lives of people. My greatest pain is the children. A baby of a month old and the mother roasted because of carelessness.
“They were offloading product from a boat a man was smoking. I don’t know what he did, next thing we saw was fire burst from the offloading boat. Since the place is already saturated with oil and various fuel products, the fire became uncontrollable.