One person was killed, two others injured and at least 10 vehicles destroyed when a tanker conveying fuel exploded at Dakatsalle village in Bebeji Local Government area of Kano state on Sunday night.
Witnesses say the fire, which started around 7.30 p.m., also destroyed several shops, causing loss of goods in the area.
A statement by the spokesperson for Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, Salihu Yakasai, said the incident happened shortly after the driver of the vehicle parked at the village to break his Ramadan fast.
“There was pandemonium in the village as the residents, including men, women and children hurried out of their homes and scampered for safety in adjoining farms,” he said.
Reacting to the incident, the state acting governor, Hafiz Abubakar, described the incident as regrettable.
He urged drivers petroleum products to be cautious at all times to avoid loss of lives and destruction of property.
The acting governor commended the state fire service for “promptly containing the situation”, noting that it would have resulted in a grave calamity but for their dexterity.
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