Ibadan - Tragedy struck at the Omitowoju area of Ibadan metropolis on Monday as a ravaging fire ignited by a burning petrol tanker consumed a filling station and several buildings.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who was at the scene of the incident, reports that the tanker was meandering its way through the crowded neighbourhood to discharge its fuel content at the Oando Filling Station before it fell in a drain.
NAN also reports that the crash of the 33 000 litre-capacity tanker, marked XJ 288SMK Lagos, led to a spill of the fuel content, igniting a fire which consumed all structures in the path of the spill.
Although NAN could not ascertain the causality figures as well as actual number of buildings affected, a ball of flames was sighted in the area while a heavy smoke enveloped the entire area.
Scores of fire fighters in no fewer than seven trucks arrived the scene more than 45 minutes after and were sighted battling to put out the inferno.
Attempts by a NAN correspondent to speak to one of the fire fighters was, however, rebuffed.