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A woman, her daughter and a vulcaniser on Saturday suffered varying degrees of burns after a petrol tanker explosion at Atatun, Ijaiye-Tutun, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The victims were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta.

The inferno engulfed at least five houses and several shops.

Mrs Olufote, an eyewitness, told newsmen on Saturday that the incident occurred when the tanker suffered a flat tyre.

NAN quoted her as saying the driver parked beside the road to fix the flat tyre unaware that it was a sloppy area.

“In the process of trying to fix it, the tanker exploded and even the vulcaniser who was to work on the tyre was affected.

“The vulcaniser was fixing a motorcycle tyre when the tanker exploded.

“There were many houses that were affected, with some burnt to ashes. In fact, a mosque was also affected”.

Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) said the fire was put out after some houses had been burnt.

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