No fewer than 10 persons narrowly escaped death in Akure, the Ondo State capital Wednesday as two petroleum tankers in a filling station caught fire.
The inferno, which occurred at a filling station located along Akure/Ondo express road, caused traffic gridlock along the busy road for several hours.
Those who escaped death in the fire incident included the drivers of the two trucks, their assistants and the workers at the filling station.
The incident which caught the workers unaware started around 2.30pm when the tanker drivers were dropping fuel in the dump at the station.
One of the workers in the filling station said that the drivers and the assistants were dropping fuel into the fuel dump when the tankers burst into flame.
He said the cause of the inferno could not be ascertained yet, adding that there was no casualty in the fire incident.
At the scene, men of the 323 artillery brigade were seeing in the area to prevent breakdown of law and order, while
men of the state Fire service were trying to put off the fire.
The fire incident which occurred at a time when there is fuel scarcity in the state, it was gathered could lead to further suffering for the people, as the affected station is one of the few ones with fuel in the state.