Fourteen persons in Tegina town in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger state, on Friday, died as a result of a fire caused by a petrol tanker.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the tanker was conveying petrol from Lagos to Kaduna when the driver lost control and rammed his vehicle into some houses in the town.
Eight houses were burnt in the fire that ensued.
The fire killed the people who were trapped in the buildings and others selling by the roadside.
A witness told NAN that the eight houses were burnt while properties valued at millions of naira including vehicles were destroyed in the inferno.
The witness said that five persons who sustained injuries were receiving treatment at Tegina General Hospital.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana said that the Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Zubairu Muazu, had visited the scene of the accident.
Elkana said the command would investigate the cause of the accident.