Seven persons have been confirmed dead in the tanker fire that occurred during the weekend at Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The incident happened at Amawbia Round about, close to the Governor’s Lodge in Anambra.
Six buildings, 10 shops and 15 vehicles were burnt, just as goods worth hundreds of millions of Naira were consumed in the inferno.
Haruna Mohammed, spokesman of the Anambra Police Command, said: “About 8:30pm on Friday, there was a fire incident caused by petrol tanker explosion at Amawbia roundabout in Awka. Seven persons were certified dead at the hospital, while the only surviving victim was referred to the University Teaching Hospital in Nnewi.
“Of the seven bodies, three are deposited at Amaku General Hospital Morgue, two at Regina Caeli Hospital and another two at Piston Hospital Morgue for post-mortem examination.
“Meanwhile, the situation was brought under control and obstruction cleared. Investigation is still ongoing.”