No fewer than five persons were on Saturday evening, injured in a fire outbreak at a filling station in Okitipupa, headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The incident, which occurred at 8.00pm, Daily Sun gathered, was caused by a tanker that caught fire
shortly after off loading Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol. The filling station located at the Roundabout area of the town, and three residential buildings located close to it, were razed.
The driver of the tanker, simply identified as Solomon, was reportedly burnt beyond recognition.
Sources alleged that officials of the State Fire Service failed to respond to distress calls put to them by residents of the area. It was gathered that officials of the State Fire Service complained of lack of vehicles and water when they were approached.
Meanwhile, the victims of the inferno were said to be receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the town.
Efforts to reach the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Wole Ogodo for comments failed.
Similar fire incident last month claimed lives and destroyed valuables at Arakale Gas Company in Akure.