The fire destroyed a church, Christ Living Miracle Church, a hotel, four shops and a flour garden along G.U-Ake road, Eliozu, Obio/Akpor Local government Area of the state.
The tanker, laden with diesel, was said to have overturned and spilled its content in the early hours of Thursday while trying to negotiate a sharp bend on the Claude Ake-East West Air Force link road, near the Eliozu flyover.
It was gathered that the tanker hit an electric pole, which caused the cables to spark and ignited fire, which spread into an electric transformer located under the pole.
The General Overseer of the affected church, Bumi Grace, noted that the incident happened around 6a.m., adding that none of the victims was able to save any of their belonging. Grace said;
“When the tanker fell and fire started, the electricity transformer close caught fire, exploded and the fire spread the more. Before fire fighters came the thing had gone far.
“The incident will affect our service, but we must gather to worship God. What was destroyed here is over 300 million because we did not remove anything here.
“I was in the house when I received a call that my church is on fire. I got a vision of fire incident, and we organized a prayer and fasting. We finished prayers yesterday own and this morning this thing happened.”