An unconfirmed number of persons are feared to have died when a petrol station caught fire in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, on Monday.

The station caught fire as workers offloaded gas at the plant. Shops and houses were also burnt.

The fire, which swiftly spread to the other side of the road, was said to have also caught passers-by, as they scrambled for safety.

A staff member of Nasarawa Fire Service, who confirmed the incident to SaharaReporters, stated that the fire had been brought under control. 

"It is true that there was a gas accident in Lafia, but our men are there trying to put out the fire. It is under control," he stated.

According to a witness, who shared the incident on Twitter, the fire service was responsive in battling the fire, as well as rescuing victims of the explosion.

"The fire service are using their bus to rescue victims and take them to hospitals. Motorcycle riders also assisted in the emergency work by using their motorcycle to carry victims to hospital."

 

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