It was a sad day for some residents of the Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State, as a local petrol station in the area caught fire and claimed the lives of 2 persons in the process.
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The fire incident which happened at popular Chibyno filling station along Alaoji-Ikot-Ekpene Road, was caused by a spark from a faulty electrical connection, according to eyewitness accoutns by a resident of the area, also claimed 5 trucks.
Aba Fire Service Zonal Commander, Belenta Belenta, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said the victims were suspected to be involved in oil bunkering as they were discharging petroleum products before daybreak.
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The official confirmed that five trucks were consumed by the fire caused by the explosion at the site. Belenta said personnel of the service eventually put out the inferno after mobilization.
The police took the corpse of one of the victims from the scene to the mortuary. The other victim who was rushed to the hospital later died.