Anambra state police command has confirmed the fire incident at a welding workshop located along Enugu-Agidi road Amawbia.
The Commissioner of Police CP John B. Abang, fdc personally led Police patrol teams to the scene and Fire Service department was immediately contacted.They responded promptly alongside Federal Road Safety and Civil Defence Corps.
The area was cordoned off and traffic diverted to alternative routes in order to prevent catastrophe until after the fire was successfully put off by the firefighters.Situation was brought under control and obstruction cleared to enable free flow of traffic.
Meanwhile, a male cobbler and a woman whose identities are yet to be ascertained, sustained varying degrees of burns and were rushed to the Preston Hospital, Ngozika Housing Estates for treatment, while the welder, with name Monday Ayo Adenipekun, popularly known as AY, aged about 35years, who was working on top of the Tanker without plate number was burnt to death and his body evacuated to Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital Mortuary for autopsy. A total number of four vehicles including two Tankers, one Tipper and one Toyota Camry were affected by the inferno.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the exploded tanker was brought into the workshop for welding no sooner than it had discharged fuel. The residual fuel in the tank was eventually ignited during the welding.
All the Security Agencies worked in synergy to control the large crowd, direct traffic and restore order at the scene.An investigation is ongoing to ascertain actual circumstances surrounding the incident please.
Credit: NTA Abuja