www.odogwublog.com reports that Business activities were temporarily haunted when two banks and about ten (10) shopping plazas,  as well as other ancillary business outfits at the Onitsha market, Anambra State were saved by traders and youths from been razed down.
The fire said to have started at about 11am had spread and destroyed property worth millions of naira before the arrival of men of the Fire service.
This provoked the traders and others who had combated the fire for over two hours before the arrival of the firemen.
A witness told our correspondent that," Men of the Fire service who arrived later when the fire had been put off were  attacked as the angry mob who waited for their  arrival but were disappointed when they were not forth coming, started throwing sachets of pure water and stone at them.
"The firefighters were ordered by the mob to go back to where they came from;  that their job had been done, threatening to burn their vehicle if they would not leave.
"Over ten shopping Plazas and two banks located near the market would have been engulfed by the fire outbreak that started  on the New Market Road very close to the market.
The fire allegedly started  at about 11am from the  plant house of a bank , when one a wire sparked and ignited fire.
The power house, containing two Lister generators was razed down.
"The  traders who were already at their shops when the fire incident started rushed to the scene  to help stop  the fire from spreading, which would have been disastrous for all the markets located in the area," a witness stated.
Effort to speak with officials of  the banks did not yield any result as security men did not allow entrance into the bank.
The Divisional Police Officer in charge of Central Police Station Onitsha, Mr. Ikechukwu Egbochukwu, and other security agents were seen  at the scene,  assisting in crowd control.
The DPO declined comments on the development, quipping, " We are still investigating; we are here to ensure  there is no breakdown of law and order".