A small community along Abuja-Kaduna expressway was completely razed by fire yesterday after a tanker veered off the road and went up in flames.
The loud blast from the tanker spread fear around the area as residents fled in panic thinking it was a bomb blast.
No life was lost in the incident that triggered a city-wide panic and speculations that another bomb had exploded
The incident which occurred around 12 noon in Sabon Gajiri village was the latest in a series of fire incidents affecting the community, leading to loss of property worth millions of naira.
Speaking to leadership Sunday, the village head of Sabon Gajiri, Alhaji Aliyu Haruna whose property was mostly affected in the inferno, said he was still in shock
“As you can see, my houses and that of my sons were completely razed down. My car which I just bought about two weeks ago, including the village mosque were all gutted by the fire. The local government people and NEMA were here earlier, they promised to look into the situation, we hope they keep to their words. However we believe that everything is in the hands of God”.
LEADERSHIP SUNDAY gathered that there was no immediate response from the fire service as the fire lasted for several hours and the villagers looked helplessly before their arrival at the scene.
A villager, Sani Ahmad told our reporter that the fire had bagan to subside before the fire fighters arrived the scene