A truck loaded with about 50,000 litres of petrol was on Saturday, gutted by fire in front of Ogun State Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Our correspondent gathered that the tanker was coming from Ijora, Lagos State and en route to Adatan, in Abeokuta metropolis.
The driver, who identified himself as Nurudeen Yusuf, told newsmen that he, alongside his two motor boys, discovered a spark from the engine, which resulted in the fire outbreak.
It was gathered that men of the state fire service at Oke Mosan rescued the occupants of the tanker.
Yusuf said as the truck went up in flames, the firefighters raced to the scene to put out the fire, thereby averting what could have been a disaster.
A Federal Fire Service officer at the scene, Sodiq Atanda, said it took the timely intervention of his men to put out the fire before it got to the body of the truck which could have had more damaging impacts.
Atanda said “If not for the proximity of our station and the timely intervention of our men, this situation would have been worse.”
He however lamented that the truck did not have a fire extinguisher.