Petrol-laden tanker explodes in Osun, three buildings razed


Three buildings were razed down in the Ajebandele village, Osun State, on Sunday, as a tanker laden with petrol exploded there.

Investigation by Punch Metro revealed that the tank compartment suddenly detached from the vehicle and exploded on the Ife/Ondo Road.

The driver of the truck, it was gathered, ran away with the truck’s head to escape being attacked by the villagers.

A villager, Olatunji Adio, told Punch correspondent that the incident happened around 4.30am, adding that the resultant fire raged for about five hours before firefighters extinguished it.

He said three buildings were lost to the fire.

According to him, beside several sacks of dried cocoa belonging to the villagers, which were destroyed, cash and other valuables were also lost to the inferno.

He explained that many travellers plying the road early in the morning were stranded as half of the road was made impassable for hours because of the raging fire.

When contacted, the Administrative Officer of the Osun State Fire Service, Fatai Aremu, said no live was lost to the incident.

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