Several persons, including a pregnant woman and a two-month-old baby were reportedly burnt to death in an early morning fire at the popular Bonny-Bille-Nembe jetty in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Several fibre and over 40 wooden boats were also said to be destroyed in the inferno which started at about 2 am on Monday, April 11.
The jetty is usually a busy transit point for thousands of residents traveling from Port Harcourt by sea to Bonny, Bille, Nembe, and other riverine communities.
The cause of the massive blaze is not known at the time of filing this report.
Previous fire outbreaks at the jetty had been attributed to the storage of inflammable substances like petroleum products used in powering the speed boat engines in makeshift buildings within the slump.