The refinery in question is situated on Ring Road, Kano, in the Katango neighborhood of Wailari, across from Maryam Shekarau Estate. According to eyewitnesses, the fire began at approximately 9:50 a.m. on Monday.
“Five residential houses were also badly touched by the raging fire, which shocked residents of the community,” a resident of the area who craved anonymity narrated.
He said, “It took the men of the Kano State Fire Service, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and firefighters from Salbas Petrol Station about three hours to put out the fire.
“From one of the houses, an elderly woman who was unable to walk was saved, and from another, two children were saved after their mother fled and left them inside. The fire incident took about three hours before it was put out.”
He named the deceased as Aminu, the driver of a truck that was jam-packed into the refinery, and said, “He was burned beyond recognition.” His burnt remains were later recovered by fire service personnel, who arrived at the scene of the incident very late.”
Ahmad Umar Gaya, personnel of the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), told a group of journalists that he was on duty along the road when he heard an explosion.
“I immediately called the attention of the Kano Fire Service and directed them to the location when I noticed wildfire coming out of the explosion site,” he said.
“The place, which is located in 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 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.”