A fire outbreak which hit an engine oil depot in Kano claimed the life of one person.

The fire, which broke out at the depot located at Hotoro Eastern by-pass, also led to the destruction of several buildings housing the facility.

The incident was said to have happened around 10:45pm on Monday after a petrol tanker was parked in the depot, where adulterated oil was reportedly stored.

According to him,

“Normally the people use this place to adulterate engine oil. they store it inside different water tanks and after selling it, they bring another one to keep.”

He explained that firefighters from the state fire service rushed to the scene to put out the fire as residents of the area fled for safety.

He added that the resident fled when the fire started and killed one person.


He stated that the deceased was not dealing in engine oil but worked as a crane vehicle assistant, pointing out that he was invited to lift a petrol tank for repair before the fire.

The spokesman of the Kano State Fire Service, Saminu Abdullahi, while confirming the incident explained that the fire started while the engine oil was being offloaded into smaller tanks.

He said one person died on the spot but said that they were able to put out the fire before it caused further damage to the neighbouring houses.

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