The commercial town of Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State was on Sunday evening struck by tragedy as a tanker explosion claimed multiple lives in the community.
It was gathered that residents of the area had besieged the scene of a crash to scoop petrol from a truck when the incident occurred.
Eyewitnesses recounted that the fuel, which had spilled onto the road, was ignited by a spark emanating from a mobile phone held by one of the individuals involved in the fuel scooping.
The incident occurred along Showboy road, near a filling station in the area.
The spokesperson of the police in the state, Fumilayo Omisanya, confirmed the incident and described the victims as fuel scoopers.