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Six vehicles, several stores burnt after truck carrying fuel catches fire

Burnt vehicles
Burnt vehicles
The tanker that started the inferno
The tanker that started the inferno
Scene of the disaster
Scene of the disaster

AGENE GODWIN, Benin

A major fire disaster was averted in Benin City, the Edo state capital Wednesday following the quick intervention of men of the Edo state Fire Service. A truck laden with petroleum products had its spring broken as the truck was trying to make a U turn from the Aduwawa end of Auchi Benin Expressway to Upper mission extension and the weight was now on one side of the vehicle causing it to fall on its side.
Our correspondent who was at the scene of the disaster at about 10:37 am saw a huge crowd of sympathizers, fire fighters and security agencies trying to restore orderliness and calm the nerves of aggrieved victims and members of the community. There was however a grid lock on the Benin Auchi Expressway for several hours as fire fighters tried to put off the inferno. Two buildings housing several lock up stores where items such as House paints, food stores, restaurants, electronics among others were burnt down. An officer of the Edo state Fire Service, Mr Agbonlahor Franklin said “I had a distress call at about 08:01 am this morning that there was a fire and you know that anything involving fuel is always highly inflammable, and that’s exactly what happened. As soon as the truck fell, the products were now flowing to these buildings because it was slopping and now we had a lot of fuel and fumes in the vicinity. “A vehicle was plying the road and ignored the warning signal from security men who were flagging it down and as a result of that there was possible ignition and that was how the fire started and there was now explosion which was so devastating. “But thank God the men were here timely and were able to put everything under control. A lot of people sustained various degrees of injuries. In the interim, there are about six vehicles including the truck and several lock up stores that are burnt. Some of the store owners whose goods were burnt in the two buildings housing the lock up stores however have appealed to government to come to their aid.
One Mrs Ewonemen Felicia, a restaurant owner said “As I was selling this morning, myself and my children we saw the truck trying to reverse and suddenly the truck fell and fuel started rushing out of the truck towards the direction of my store, myself and the children were running and shouting. “Now the fire that started has destroyed my shop,all the food stuffs,everything that we had prepared for our customers have been destroyed. This store is my life and only source of livelihood”.
But for Imafidon Iyoma, who owns a paint store worth over N2.5 million, only a quick intervention by government will save the day as according to him “Hell may be let loose.” He recalled that “someone called me to say my shop and that of others was on fire and I rushed down to see that all I have laboured for has been destroyed. Well I don’t have much to say other than that the government should investigate the owners of the truck, but we know that the truck carried NNPC logo. “So for now we are waiting to see that the government does something before it can lead to another critical condition because people will see that this person has done well. Outside the products in the store, I also lost about One hundred and Fifty thousand Naira that I left in the store.”

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