Anambra - An early morning fire on Sunday in Onitsha, Anambra, killed a couple and destroyed household furniture and fittings worth more than N10 million.
Mr Benjamin Wordu, the Police Area Commander in Onitsha, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone.
Wordu said he had yet to receive comprehensive briefing on the incident and the cause.
He, however, stated that the police had commenced preliminary investigation into the incident.
An eyewitness in the area told NAN that the fire started at about 5 a.m.
The eyewitness, who requested anonymity, said the fire was put off at about 11 a.m. by the combined efforts of men of the state fire service and people living in the neighbourhood.
``We came out when we heard people shouting for help, but we were constrained by the fortified gate and high walls of the building.
``Before help could come, the couple had suffocated to death in the thick smoke from the fire, which engulfed the entire building,’’ the eyewitness said.
NAN learnt that one of the deceased, popularly known as Bonanza Ndubuisi, was a leading importer in Main Market, Onitsha.
He and his late wife, Caroline, returned to their residence in Onitsha from Enugu two days ago before meeting their untimely death.