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July 18, 2024
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Tragedy as tanker explosion kills pregnant woman, 19 others in Ondo

About 20 persons have been burnt to death after a tanker exploded at Ore, Odigbo Local government area of Ondo State.

The fire was said to have been ignited by a spark from a phone held by one of the persons who were scooping fuel that spilled from the tanker after it fell.

Among the dead were three children and a pregnant wonan who brought a N100,000 to buy fuel.

An eye witness who gave his name as Cyriacus said they were inside the church when the tanker fell and spilled its contents on the road.

Cyriacus said some persons rushed to scoop fuel despite being warned by their pastor.

“We were inside the church when we heard that tanker fell. 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 that wanted to buy the fuel also died. The money is still with her.”

Ondo Police spokesman, SP Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, said she was yet to get details of the incident as at the time of filing this report.

Credit: Tenet

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