A local tea vendor inadvertently caused an explosion of water tankers in Niger State as he attempted to heat water to make tea for his customers.
The tankers caught fire around 7am on Saturday in Badegi town around the Badegi-Bida road in the Katcha local government area of the state.
The roadside tea seller reportedly went to light some firewood to warm the pot of water he had set on fire, near one of the water tankers parked near his shop, but allegedly told him It was unknown that a tanker loaded with fuel was leaked as he tried to install his firewood, during which the vehicle exploded and burst into flames.
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Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) Director General Malam Ahmed Ibrahim Inga said in an interview with Tribune Online by phone on Saturday in the state capital Minna. claiming that “the fire was caused by a local tea seller who wanted to light his firewood to heat water for his customers to make tea for them, but unbeknownst to him, a nearby tanker loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) was leaking.
The NSEMA boss further said that five loaded tankers also caught fire while the tea vendor who was injured was quickly transported to Federal Medical Center (FMC) Bida for medical treatment by sympathizers near the place of the explosion.
Inga, however, said no residential buildings or businesses were burned down and no lives were lost as a result of the unfortunate incident.
He said: ‘My agency is in contact with our local government desk officer who, together with other officials, is currently managing the situation.’