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Fire guts several houses, worship centre in Benin

Witnesses said the incident was caused by a petroleum laden tanker which fell, spilled its content and burst into flames.

• November 18, 2022
Henry Benamaisia

Several houses, including a worship centre, were on Thursday evening gutted by fire at Owan community in Ovia South West LGA near Benin in Edo.

Witnesses said that the incident was caused by a petroleum laden tanker which fell, spilled its content and burst into flames along the Benin-Akure axis of the community. 

A witness, Mathew Fapohunda, said in an interview that “the incident happened between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.

“A tanker carrying petroleum product from Benin heading towards Akure fell into a gutter and burst into flames. 

“We didn’t have the opportunity to verify the content of the truck as people ran for their lives.

“We were helpless but we quickly contacted the Okomu oil palm company which sent their fire fighter truck.

“Though they put out the fire but not before several houses, shops and a church along the road have been completely razed by the fire, consuming everything inside them worth millions of naira.

Mr Fapohunda, who is one of the community leaders in Owan, however, said no human casualty was recorded in the incident.

Contacted, FRSC sector commander in Edo, Henry Benamaisia, said the command is yet to be briefed on the incident.


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