No fewer than five persons, including two pregnant women and a baby were killed on Monday following a fire outbreak at Bonny/Nembe/Bille Jetty in Port Harcourt.
Also over 60 passenger boats were destroyed in the inferno, which began in the early hours of Monday.
Although the cause of the fire incident, which is the second in less than four month was not known, some residents of the area said it might not be unconnected to storage of illegally refined petroleum products.
Narrating what transpired, a resident of the area, who pleaded for anonymity, said: “It occurred about midnight when the boat from Nembe and Akassa arrived.
“After then, they began to load gas cylinders which was wrongly handled and eventually resulted to fire outbreak.
“Many are still missing while others with some degrees of burnt have been taken to the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital for medical attention.”