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75 hospitalized, many feared dead in Kano petrol station fire

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At least 75 people sustained injuries and many others feared dead at Al-Ihsan filling station along Sharada road in Kano, following a fire outbreak.

Witnesses told DAILY NIGERIAN that the fire started about 4:45pm on Saturday when a petrol tanker was offloading fuel at the filling station.

Officials said at least 43 bystanders, eight motorists and a dozen officials were affected by the fire.

Nura Maigida, spokesman for the Federal Fire Service in Kano, confirmed the incident, saying they have begun investigation to establish the cause of the fire.

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The state commissioner for Works, Idris Unguwar Rimi, attributed the incident to negligence of the station.

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He said in view of the prevailing temperature of over 40 degrees in the state, the station should not have offloaded the product at daytime.

“Everyone knows it is against the law to offload fuel at daytime, especially at the prevailing temperature,” he said.

He said the state government is taking good care of the hospitalized victims.

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