An explosion from a petroleum product tanker conveying liquefied petroleum gas also known as cooking gas on Wednesday night razed down no fewer than 25 houses and other valuables in Ohoror community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The incident also reportedly claimed two lives.
NewsNet Nigeria gathered that the explosion which dealt a devastating blow to the community resulted from an accident involving two other trucks at the popular Ohoror Junction of Uwheru Kingdom along the Warri-Portharcout Expressway.
In a swift response, the state Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday, visited the scene of the incident and called for an immediate assessment of the cause of the petroleum product tanker explosion in the community.
The governor commiserated with the community on the tragedy and gave assurance that government would take steps to cushion the effect of the inferno on victims.
He said that no effort would be spared in putting out the fire completely and directed the State Director of Fire Service to remain on ground until the fire was completely extinguished and other oil trucks posing a threat to the community were evacuated.
The governor who was accompanied by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Chief Sherrif Oborevwori and Secretary to the State Government, Chief Patrick Ukah, commended the Fire Service for the prompt response and advised the community to keep off from the fire scene in addition to being vigilant to avoid loss of lives as government was working hard to contain the spread of the explosion.
Briefing the governor earlier, the state’s Director of Fire Services, Mr Eugene Oziwele, said that his men were alerted at dawn and he quickly mobilized to the community.
He added that fire-fighting trucks were mobilised from Ughelli to ensure that the fire was extinguished completely.
Also briefing the governor, President-General of Uwheru Kingdom, Chief Macpherson Igbedi, said that no fewer than 20 houses were gutted by the fire and appealed for more efforts in evacuating an abandoned tanker laden with gas from exploding.
He said two trucks conveying gas and diesel rammed into each other at the Ohoror junction before the explosion occurred.