A midnight tanker explosion on Thursday led to the destruction of property worth millions of naira, including two houses and 12 stores at Ifie-Ubeji road in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The tanker was said to be returning from Ifie where it had gone to load Premium Motor Spirit from Pinnacle Oil and Gas Depot in the area when it veered off the road while avoiding a bad spot at Ubeji near the Warri Refinery and went into flames.
Although, no life was reported lost in the incident, it was gathered that the fire outbreak razed two houses, including a storey building and vehicles parked along the road.
A resident of the area, Ojobor Cogent, said, “A Petroleum Tank laden product gutted fire around the private depots at Ifie community, after the Warri Refinery and two houses were affected in the inferno.”
Residents scampered to safety as the raging fire was extending to shops and buildings located close to the scene, another resident said.
The chairman of Warri South council, Mr. Mofe Edema, confirmed the incident.
After visiting the scene of the fire outbreak, he said the quick response of the state fire service curtailed further spread of the fire as well as prevented loss of lives.