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Diesel-laden tanker explodes, burns vehicles, buildings in Katsina

A truck loaded with diesel on Tuesday crashed and exploded into flames, buring vehicles and buildings in Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported.

According to the report, many houses and cars were burnt as the truck caught fire at the Kafur junction round-about in Malumfashi.

A witness, Kamal Lawal-Nakabo, told NAN that the truck was from Zaria Road and was crossing the round-about to Funtua Road.

Lawal-Nakabo said that some vehicles parked at mechanic garages and on roadsides along the Katsina State Zonal Pilgrims Office also went into flames.

A NAN correspondent who was at the scene report that the incident attracted the combined efforts of Malumfashi Local Government fire service and the Katsina State fire service officials and residents to put out the fire.

He said the fire started at about 5 p.m., and as press time, people were seen pouring sand to stop the fire from covering culverts and water passages, and to individual houses and shops.

When contacted, the acting Chairman of Malumfashi Local Government, Alhaji Dikko Bala, confirmed the incident, saying no life was lost.

Bala said he was able to mobilise the fire fighting vehicle which responded immediately and the driver of the vehicle and two passengers escaped unhurt.

He commended the efforts of personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Police and the NSCDC for their effort.

The acting chairman, who is also the Head of Local Government Administration and Finance, said statistics of affected buildings and vehicles would be compiled for assistance.

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