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Fuel tanker explosion injures three, razes five houses in Ogun



At least three persons including a woman, her daughter and a vulcaniser suffered varying degrees of burns after a petrol tanker fell and exploded at Ijaiye-Tutun, Abeokuta North local government area of Ogun State on Friday.

The victims were rushed to the Federal Medical Center in Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, for medical attention.

The victims were Ashimiyu Otunba, Risikatu Otunba and her daughter.

At least five houses, several shops, and a mosque were razed by the ensuing inferno.

Eyewitnesses told journalists that the incident occurred when the fuel tanker suffered a flat tyre.

One of the eyewitnesses, who preferred to speak under the condition of anonymity, said the tanker was trying to negotiate a bend on the road when it tilted and fell by the roadside.

She said: “The tanker had a flat tyre and in the process of trying to fix it, the tanker exploded and even the vulcanizer who was to work on the tyre was affected.

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“The vulcanizer was fixing a motorcycle tyre when the tanker exploded.

“Many houses were affected with some razed down completely. In fact, a mosque was also affected.”

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