A section of a twin three-story building was on Wednesday gutted by fire at Emenike/Ezeugo road junction in Okpoko, Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The inferno allegedly started about 8pm from a gas cooker in one of the flats on the last floor.
Though no death was recorded, it was gathered that property worth millions of naira was lost in the inferno.
Officials of the Okpoko fire station also prevented the fire from getting to other floors.
An eyewitness said the fire advanced to the second floor as the water from the fire fighters got exhausted midway.
He said: “On arrival to the scene, the fire men tried to prevent the fire from extending to the second floor but their water finished. It was smoke which enveloped the entire place that forced residents and sympathisers to assist in pouring sand and water before the fire died.” Acting Okpoko Divisional Police Officer George Okoro said no life was lost.
He said: “They said it was caused by gas explosion but we are still investigating to ascertain the exact cause of the inferno.”
In a related development, another three-storey building was also gutted by fire same day on Limca old road, Obosi.
The cause of the inferno, it was gathered, may not be unconnected with a gas depot close to the house as one of the cylinders reportedly exploded, setting fire to the roof.
No life was reportedly lost as people rallied to quell the fire.