Gas Explosion Rock Ondo State

A vicious gas explosion on Saturday rocked a gas station on Arakale road, Akure.
According to eyewitness reports, a shop owner who is one of the gas sellers, was pumping gas when it exploded, setting scores of houses ablaze. A Toyota Sienna car was being burnt as of the time of filing this report.
The driver was said to have tried to kick-start the car on sighting the explosion. It however did not start quickly so he abandoned the car and ran away.
The fire reportedly started at about 6.36 p.m. but as of 7.43 p.m. no fire service personnel or security agency has arrived.
Another account has it that it was actually a gas tank parked too close to the road that exploded.
The resident resorted to throwing sachet water and any water they could find into the fire.
The Sienna bus was driven by a woman.
They also cordoned off the section of the road and diverted traffic due to the raging fire.
Most of those who spoke said that men of the fire service refused to come when contacted, claiming to be on strike.
As at 8.00 p.m., only a few Red Cross personnel were at the scene of the fire, beside St Thomas Anglican Primary School, Arakale.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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