30 August 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — An early morning fire incident caused by a petrol tanker has destroyed properties worth billions in Port Harcourt metropolis, Rivers State.
The incident, according to eyewitnesses, occurred this morning along G.U. Ake Road, at the foot of the Eliozu Bridge, beside the Nigerian Airforce Base in Port Harcourt.
An eyewitness, Chimenem Worlu said the tanker which was laden with suspected illegally refined petroleum products, lost control, hit the road pavement and somersaulted spilling its contents, following a hot chase by security agents.
Properties razed to the ground by the fire incident include a 1000 seats capacity church, a multi-purpose event centre, a welding and fabrication workshop, a horticulture and landscape garden, among others.