OH NO! Popular Brewery in Aba goes on fire – Daily Parrots Nigeria

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Parts of the Guinness Nigeria Plc, Aba Brewery, Abia State, were on Friday engulfed by a wild fire, razing bottles, chemicals, office structures and furniture to ashes. Fire fighters battled hard to contain the fire, which started at about 11 a.m. on Friday until about 6:46 pm.

Okezie Uche, Aba Fire Service Commander, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that his men reached the site at about 1 p.m. and fought hard to extinguish the fire with the help of other staff of near-by companies who volunteered. “We have water challenges but today, we refilled from the NNPC. When the fire seems to be out of control, I called the Controller of Abia Fire Service, V.O Gbaruko in Umuahia office for backup and he sent men and more equipment.

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“We used techniques with the support of NNPC that gave us a foaming chemical which helped to extinguish the fire. “Without that chemical, we cannot do much because we are fighting a highly flammable material,” he said.  Uche said the materials at the brewery included empty bottles, plastic crates and others.

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He said that “poor house-keeping” might have been responsible for the fire, stressing that when the staff could not contain the fire, they called the fire Service. A Police Officer who preferred anonymity, told NAN the police got information on the fire at about 12 noon and called in the Fire servicemen in Aba.

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“They came, the Commander of MOPOL 55 also sent his men; the villagers also assisted in fighting the fire but it has not been easy as efforts were slowed because there was no power from EEDC to pump water.

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