The Kano State Fire Service confirmed that one person died in a gas explosion in Ijarawa, a village in the state’s Bichi Local Government Area, on Tuesday morning.
According to a statement released by the fire service’s Public Relations Officer, Saminu Abdullahi, one other person survived the incident.
Muhammad, 45, was the victim, while Abdullahi Usman, 40, was the survivor.
“We received a distress call from Inspector Daiyabu Tukur at 07:46 a.m., stating that a vehicle transporting cooking gas cylinders had fallen on the road and one of the cylinders had exploded,” Abdullahi explained.
“As soon as we received the information, we dispatched a team to the scene around 8:00 a.m. to assist the victims.”
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According to him, the explosion occurred while a J5 commercial vehicle with the number plate FB 52 LAD was transporting cooking gas cylinders from Kano to Katsina.
“All of the victims were handed over to Usman Usman of the Bichi Police Outpost,” says the statement.
“The incident’s cause is being investigated,” Abdullahi added.
A spokesman for the fire department advised drivers transporting volatile substances to be more careful in their packaging and to drive carefully to avoid fatal road accidents.
While the tanker was off-loading the flammable substance, the incident occurred at a filling station in Sharada, Kano metropolis.
Garba Idris, the state’s Commissioner of Works, blamed the station for breaking the off-loading procedure.
The filing station was chastised by the commissioner for offloading fuel during the day, despite the scorching heat.
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