Residents scamper for safety as fire guts filling station in Umuahia

Residents of Umuahia the Abia State capital scampered for safety on Saturday Morning when a diesel-laden tanker exploded in a 
a petrol filling station identified as Master Energy.

It was gathered that the tanker was discharging disel to the underground tank within the filling station when fire was noticed under the truck and before the tanker was engulfed by fire.

The fire caused panic in the area as vehicles temporarily abandoned within the filling station while those living close to them scene fled to avoid being caught up in the explosion.

Firefighters were seen trying to control the fire from spreading to near by buildings.

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