Some mobs have attacked firefighters along new Motor Spare Parts Nkpor, near Onitsha, Anambra State.
It was gathered that the incident occurred when a truck conveying mattresses touched an electric cable within the area.
The overloaded truck reportedly caught fire after it hooked on a naked wire disconnected from an electric pole.
The attackers, who accused the firefighters of late arrival, were said to have thrown stones on them.
The Chief firefighter, Engr. Martin Agbili expressed disappointment over the action.
He said people should know that firefighters were also humans and not the cause of fire outbreaks.
Agbile said the fire trucks of the agency were damaged in the process, while his men managed to escape.
9.46 pm, Anambra State Fire Service received a distress call of Fire outbreak he said.
“Immediately, we deployed our fire trucks and firefighters to the fire scene.
He said that it was a truck loaded with mattresses that ignited the fire.
He added: “As the first truck got to the fire, some uninformed persons started throwing stones on truck.
At the process, they damaged our fire trucks and firefighters escaped. Just look at what they did to our fire truck and will later expect firefighters to respond to fire outbreaks.”
Also reacting, the police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed described the mob action as unfortunate and condemnable.
“The truck carrying the mattress was gutted by fire”, says Mohammed.
He, however, said no life was lost nor injury recorded in the incident.
“Firefighters were attacked by a mob who smashed the truck’s windscreen with stones before Police intervened.
“Police patrol teams attached to Ogidi Division immediately rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area.” He said.