A petrol-laden tanker fell and also exploded at Atatun, Ijaiye-Tutun, in Abeokuta on Friday evening; burning a woman, her daughter and a vulcaniser, causing severe degrees of injuries.
According to an eyewitness, the residents immediately rushed the victims to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta.
No fewer than five houses; and several shops destroyed in the fire incident.
An eye witness, who simply identified herself as Mrs Olufote, told newsmen that the incident happened when a fuel tanker suffered a flat tyre.
She said the driver had parked beside the road to fix the flat tyre; unaware that he was parking in a sloppy area.
The eyewitness added that as he was alighting the vehicle to negotiate with a vulcaniser beside the road; the tanker tilted which caused the container fell.
“The tanker had a flat tyre and in the process of trying to fix it; it exploded and even the vulcaniser; who was to work on the tyre was affected.
“While the vulcaniser was fixing a motorcycle tyre; the tanker exploded.
“There were many houses that were affected; with some burnt to ashes; including a mosque, ” she said.
Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), confirmed the incident to newsmen on Saturday.
Akinbiyi said they put out the fire after some houses had burnt.
The TRACE spokesman stated that the tanker driver erroneously parked in a sloppy area; while trying to fix his tanker’s tyre .
According to him, the container removed from the hook, fell and exploded.
He said they put out the fire on Friday night.