According to eye witness account the incident occurred very early on Saturday morning on the 6th of march 2021. at the retail station of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the area.
According to the reports the truck was discharging its content before the incident occurred. The truck had off-loaded its first compartment and while discharging the content in its second compartment, there was a spark at the underground storage tank.
In the process the storage tank caught on fire and melted the hose used for transfer.
In an attempt to stop further spread of the
fire the driver of the truck was said to have jumped into the vehicle and moved it to the road, away from the filling station where the tanker exploded moments later.
Witnesses said the fire started at about 6:45am while the firefighters were immediately contacted, and they arrived at the scene at about 7:23am.
No injury or death was recorded as a result of the incident.Officials of the Federal Fire Service were also said to have arrived at the scene of the incident shortly after the fire had been put out.
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