The Anambra State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps on Friday said no casualty was recorded in the tanker that burnt at Upper Iweka in Onitsha.
The state Sector Commander, Andrew Kumapayi, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the tanker, loaded with 33,000 litres of petrol and with no registration number, caught fire about 2:30am on Friday.
Kumapayi said: “The tanker caught fire due to electrical fault in the engine of the vehicle.
“The driver started shouting fire, fire.
“The neighbouring houses tried their best to put out the fire.
“But Fire service men, FRSC officials and Policemen responded promptly and the fire has been extinguished.
“No casualty or injury was recorded.
“Officers of FRSC are diverting traffic and cordoning the scene to avoid running into the carcass and the fire service vehicles.”
A similar incident happened on Thursday when a truck loaded with goods going to Enugu went up in flames along UNIZIK Main Gate, Awka-Enugu Expressway about 2:30pm.
Kumapayi told NAN that the FRSC patrol team alerted the state fire service, which responded and was able to put the fire under control.
He said: “The vehicle, which loaded from Onitsha Main Market, was heading to Cameroun.
“The Driver, Mr. Chimezie Aneke, said they were traveling with the manager of the company and two others.
“Some of the goods in the vehicle included: AC gas cylinders, perfumes, cosmetics, grinding machines, soaps, etc.
“There was no injury.”