By Salihi Abubakar Bello
Yesterday, May 22, the people of Sharada Phase II in Kano metropolis witnessed a tanker explosion that left about 72 people with various degrees of injuries.
The explanation was as a result of fire outbreak at a filling station in the area.
The incident occurred while the tanker was offloading petroleum products at the filling station.
The Public Relations Officer of the Federal Fire Service, Kano Office, Malam Nura Abdulqadir Maigida confirmed the incident.
He said that about 72 people, eight fire fighters, passers by and staff of the filling station were severely burnt.
Reacting to the incident, the state Commissioner of Works and Housing Alhaji Idris Garba Unguwar Rimi, explained that some staff of the the state Fire Service who were at the filling station to quench the fire were injured and are currently receiving treatment at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital.
He attributed the accident to negligence as filling stations were prohibited from offloading petroleum products in the afternoon.
Emergency and relief team of the Red Cross Society in the state were sighted rendering first aid services and evacuating the victims to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital.
At the time of filing in this report, men of the fire fighters were spotted taking charge of the filling station.