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1 killed as explosion hits illegal refinery in Kano


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One person has been confirmed dead, and a truck razed down following a fire outbreak at an illegal oil refinery at Katango area of Wailari, located along Ring Road Bypass, opposite Maryam Shekarau Estate, in Kano.

The fire, which started around 09:50am on Monday morning, also burned down five residential houses in the location.

This medium gathered that it took about three hours for the operatives of the Kano State Fire Service, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and fire workers from Salbas Petrol Station to put out the fire.

Meanwhile, the victim identified as Aminu, was burnt beyond recognition at the site.

Mr Ahmad Gaya, an eyewitness who is a personnel of the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) said he was on duty along the road when he heard an explosion, and looked around and see raging fire.

“I immediately called the attention of the Kano Fire Service and directed them to the location.

“The place, which is located in the midst of residential houses at Katango in Wailari, is used to stock scraps of trucks and trailers and also to refine used engine oil for other purposes.

“No one can tell what exactly happened that led to the explosion. The trailer carrying drums of the used engine oil was gutted by the fire in which the driver was trapped and burned beyond recognition.

“Close to the location were residential houses with women and children, and about five houses were gutted by the inferno.

“An old lady who could not walk was rescued from one of the houses. Two kids were also rescued from another house when their mother ran out and left them inside, all through the efforts by onlookers. The fire took about three hours before it was put out,” he explained.


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