Fuel scarcity: Fire kills illegal petrol marketer, wife in Jos

As fuel scarcity across Nigeria continues, mishaps in different parts of the country have been recorded.

In a recent case, an illegal petrol marketer and his wife in Jos lost their lives during a fire incident that was reportedly caused by the fuel scarcity.

The couple was killed on Thursday when fire erupted from the kitchen where Mr Gideon Pam hoarded petrol at their residence in Zawan community of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau.

An eyewitness and neighbour, Miss Shantel Alphonsus, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that “Pam runs an illegal petrol business at Zawan Junction.”

“In the morning, he was called upon to get more supply from a fuel station, so he rushed back home to get some empty gallons to hoard scarce petrol.

“In a bid to empty some of the gallons that had fuel in them, suddenly there was a fire outburst in the kitchen where the gallons were kept and Pam was trapped.

“His wife, Mercy, who had gone out earlier returned and saw smoke emitting from the house.

“She went into the house to save her husband, but was equally trapped in the inferno,’’ Alphonsus said.

She added that the couple left a four-month-old baby who had earlier been taken away by Pam’s mother at an earlier visit.

Mr Caleb Polit, Director, Plateau Fire Service, confirmed the incident and expressed regret that the couple was burnt beyond recognition and the house razed before firemen could reach the scene.

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