The Kwara State Fire Service on Saturday saved residents of Idi-Ape community in Ilorin, the state capital, from a diesel tanker fire.

According to Hassan Adekunle, the spokesman of the Service, the incident occurred at about 10:47 hours, at Magaji Aare quarters, Ajegunle, in the Idi-Ape area of Ilorin East local government council.

“The firefighters, equipped with their fire appliances, arrived promptly to face a blazing diesel tanker containing 22,000 liters with registration number MUS 916 YF.

“The situation escalated as the tanker’s valve opened, causing diesel to gush out forcefully,” he added.

Hassan said the firemen called for additional support, and another fire fighting vehicle quickly joined the effort.

“After a relentless hour of collective effort, the dedicated team successfully extinguished the raging fire which destroyed property worth millions of naira.

“Upon investigation, the tanker driver revealed to the Fire Service media team that the fire originated from the pumping machine used to syphon diesel for the ‘Collo site’ mast, which serves all networks.

“The Nigeria Police of the ‘C’ Division were present at the scene to maintain order and control any potential mob disturbance.

“The community’s cooperation played a crucial role in enabling the firemen to work efficiently and effectively in overcoming the challenging situation.

“Unfortunately, the ensuing fire resulted in damage to two shops and a football viewing center,” the spokesman added.

The Director, Kwara State Fire Service, Prince Falade John Olumuyiwa, urged the general public to always play safe, and not hesitate to call the fire brigade on time whenever there is any fire emergency in their areas.

Kwara community saved from diesel tanker fire

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