The blast in Ondo State, that occurred on the Lagos-Benin Express Way, caused a massive blaze with a thick black plume of smoke that engulfed the entire area.
Written by Zaini Majeed
As many as 20 people, including three children and a pregnant woman, have been reported dead after an oil tanker exploded in Ore, Odigbo local government area of Ondo State of Nigeria. The explosion may have been caused by fire ignition from a spark caused by a phone which was held by one of the persons scooping fuel spelt from the tanker.
The blast, that occurred on the Lagos-Benin Expressway, caused a massive blaze with a thick black plume of smoke that engulfed the entire area as onlookers rushed to the site to take stock of the situation. Several fire fighter trucks were dispatched to the scene in Ondo state after the intervention of the Ondo State Government.
Tanker spilt its contents on road, and the fire led to a blast
Cyriacus, an eyewitness, told the Nigeria-based outlet The Nation that he and his friends were inside the church when the tanker spilt its contents on the road and the fire led to a blast. Some people, he said, rushed to scoop fuel despite being warned by their clergy about the dangers of meandering about the area. The pregnant woman who died on the spot was reported to have brought N100,000 to buy the fuel from the tanker.
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