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Scores feared dead in Rivers Cargo boat fire

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Many persons were feared dead when a cargo boat caught fire in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State.

The boat, popularly known as market boat, was conveying traders to an unknown destination when it caught fire at Bonny/ Bille/Nembe Jetty at Port Harcourt township area.

The fire, which reportedly started around 10am on Monday, is still raging at the time of filing this report.

However, the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained but onlookers suspected that a careless smoker may have thrown unspent cigarette into the boat.

The Nation gathered one of the rescued occupants of the boat was badly burnt.

This is the fifth fire incident in the State since the weekend.

Eyewitnesses said the double deck cargo boat usually conveys over 50 persons and goods.

The fire was yet to be put out as at the time of filing this report.

Details shortly…

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