Three persons on Monday, June 28, 2021, lost their lives after a tanker filled with petroleum products caught fire in Amoke, a village located in the Apa Local Government Area of Benue State, North-central Nigeria.
Yakubu Mohammed, Sector Corps Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Benue State said the tanker had suddenly developed a brake failure, leaving the driver confused and unable to control the vehicle.
Mohammed explained that some level of difficulty was encountered in putting out the fire as there was no fire service located around the vicinity of the incident.
According to Daily Trust, Amoke villagers said that the incident took place at 7:15 a.m. WAT, adding that it caused an explosion which rocked the vicinity and in turn, caused panic amongst community members.
Tanker fires have claimed the lives of many Nigerians due to their explosive nature.
Thousands of lives as well as properties have been lost to the infernos that usually rage on for some time before the intervention of the fire service.
The incident reportedly claimed nine lives and destroyed 72 houses and shops.
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