Many feared dead in Ore tanker explosion

It was a gory site in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State yesterday, when an unspecified number of people lost their lives in a tanker explosion.

The explosion from a fuel tanker, was said to have occurred when some residents of the area were scooping petrol, from a truck that had crashed in the area.

The Nigerian Monitor gathered that the explosion which led to the death of a pregnant woman and many others, occurred when the fuel was ignited by a spark from a phone held by one of the people who was scooping fuel that spilled from a tanker.

An eye witness who identified herself as Nireti, disclosed that the incident happened along Showboy Road, adjacent to a filling station in Ore.

She narrated that after losing control, the truck spilled its contents on the road, after which people began to rush in order to scoop fuel.

The source, a trader in the area, added that over 15 bodies were roasted in the inferno, including three children and a pregnant woman.

She said: “I was in my shop when I heard the tanker fall. The rain was also falling. People were taking fuel when fire started after a spark from a phone.

“Three children died, and we have counted over 15 bodies. A pregnant woman who wanted to buy the fuel also died. The money is still with her.”

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