Scores rendered homeless as fuel tanker fire razes buildings in Ibadan


No fewer than 12 buildings were completely destroyed Monday night when fire broke out after a fuel tanker spilled its contents and subsequently caught fire in Omitowoju area of Ibadan.

Though, there was no casualty at the time of filing this report, an eyewitness, Dayo Omolade said about 12 buildings were completely burnt in the incident.

She said it would have been more disastrous if the residents in the area had gone to bed. According to her, the tanker driver was about  linking Inalende road when he lost control.

Residents who were in their houses rushed out when they reportedly heard the deafening noise of the explosion.

It was gathered that the driver in an attempt to take another route following the closure of the Dugbe/Mokola road occasioned by the ongoing construction of a flyover at Mokola by the Oyo state government emptied the 33,000 litres of fuel which immediately caught fire.

Men from the state fire service rushed to the scene after a distress call was made, with other security agents directing the movement of the people in the area.

A fire service personnel who said he was not instructed to talk said he could not tell if there was any casualty until the fire was put out completely.

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