Eliozu Community in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State was overtaken by fire on Saturday with thick smoke as government scrap yard caught fire causing so much panic in the area.
The fire was said to have started around 7 am at the Rivers State Government Scrap Yard at Eliozu where condemned tyres were kept just opposite Eliozu Market, Off East-West and G.U. Ake Road Eliozu.
Free flow of traffic became impossible due to the fire and smoke that covered the whole area.
An eye witness gave the accounts as follows:
“When the firefighters came, they were just looking at the fire and complaining that they could not get access to quench the inferno.
“We don’t know what started the fire but all we saw was a heavy flame burning the heap of condemned tyres that are more than about 10,000 pieces in the government scrap yard.”
According to PM News the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Bariere Thomas, said the Ministry was aware of the fire and was doing something to put out the fire.