Nigeria: Petrol tanker sparks massive fire, 50 houses, shops, vehicles and a mosque gutted – 230413 1545z

(Photo: informationnigeria.org)

Over 30* (see below) houses and shops were Monday razed in Omitowoju area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in a late afternoon inferno caused by a petrol-laden tanker which fell on a road side.

THIS DAY learnt that the fully loaded tanker was trying to link Inalende road towards the Mokola round about area of the city when the driver lost control falling on its side while its 33,000 litres content which spilled on the gutter immediately sparked fire.

It was gathered that the driver of the tanker took the densely populated area due to the closure of the Dugbe/Mokola road as a result of the ongoing construction of an overhead bridge in Mokola by the state government. While the fire was still burning as at the time of filling this report, the effect of the inferno led to traffic jam at the area by many sympathisers who with the men of the state fire service were trying to put out the fire.

According to an eye witness, when the tanker fell, people in the area rushed out of their houses and afterwards the entire area was enveloped in a thick smoke. He added that it will be difficult to determine whether any life was lost in the incident, stating that an old man whose where about could not be ascertained was in one of the affected buildings.
Tuesday, 23 April, 2013 at 13:12 (01:12 PM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports:

“A gasoline tanker traveling on narrow road in a residential area in Ibadan caught fire from a local cooking fire place leading to fire explosions that have now gutted 25 houses and 45 shops in Omitowoju area of Ibadan city in Oyo state.

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said they are working to stop the raging inferno before looking into the number of casualty caused by the fire.” – informationng.com

Houses razed in Ibadan in petrol tanker fire

Published on April 22, 2013 by

About fifty houses, a mosque, shops, vehicles and other property worth several millions of naira were lost to an inferno Monday evening at Omitowoju and Inalende areas of Mokola, Ibadan, capital of the western Nigerian state of Oyo.

Witnesses said the fire was caused by a tanker carrying about 33,000 litres of petrol.

One of the witnesses, Adewale Salami said: The tanker was taking fuel to the Oando filling station on the narrow road in the residential area. As it was negotiating to turn around St. Stephen Church at Omitowoju junction, it fell and the fuel started pouring on the road and before we knew what was happening, the fire has started consuming the houses.

The tanker that caused the inferno

The tanker that caused the inferno

The fire which started burning down houses was curtailed at Okun Abere Street where one of the vehicles of the fire service was stationed and the fire fighters battled to ensure that it did not extend beyond the area.

Another witness, Dada Damilola said, It would have been more than that if not the promptness of the residents. Everybody trooped out en mass with their buckets full of water which they were pouring on the fire. That was what we were doing before the fire service came

One of the leaders of the fire service who managed to speak with our correspondent said that it was early for them to give the account of things damaged by the fire saying that they would be in a better position to give the accurate figure of what were destroyed later.

As you can see, several things have been destroyed. Houses, cars, shops and other things. We are trying our best to put it off. Immediately we heard of the incident, we drafted our men and vehicles from virtually all our stations including secretariat, Gbagi and Molete. Zartech also assisted us by sending its private truck. Things are under control now. We have combated it. What we are doing now is to put it off completely. ” – GBENRO ADESINA/IBADAN pmnewsnigeria.com

 

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