Two Tanzanian fuel Tankers believed to be carrying 35,000 litres of fuel have been burnt to ashes at Tafiki, in Chitulika along Great North road in Mpika district, Muchinga Province.
The occupants of the two international fuel tankers have however, escaped unhurt and are currently on the run.
Both Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary Jobbicks Kalumba and Provincial Police Commissioner Chola Katanga have confirmed the incident to ZANIS in Mpika yesterday.
According to Mr. Katanga, the incident happened yesterday around 19:00 hours in Chitulika area along the Great North Road.
Mr. Katanga said that the two Tanzanian tankers belong to Mt. Meru Petroleum Company and contained fuel before they were set ablaze.
He disclosed that it is alleged that one of the drivers sold some fuel to some vendors and in the process accidentally ignited a spark which spread to the truck containing fuel.
Mr. Katanga added that both vehicles got burnt in the process as the fire spread because they were parked so close to each other.
He also revealed that the Mpika Town Council Fire Tenders tried to put out the fire with assistance from Tanzania Zambia Mafuta Pipeline (TAZAMA) but to no avail.
Meanwhile Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary, Jobbicks Kalumba who was at the scene by 07:00hours has expressed sadness with the development.
Dr. Kalumba said that the Town Council should with immediate effect put in measures to stop trucks from parking in that area, adding that it put the lives of the community at risk.
Dr. Kalumba noted that for the sake of safeguarding the lives of the people, truck drivers should be moved to the temporary site near Chilonga area along Great North Road.
Meanwhile, Dr. Kalumba has directed the local authority and the Zambia Police to ensure no transit trucks or fuel tankers park in the Central Business District.
He has directed Mpika Town Council Secretary Christopher Chikwasha to find a designated place where all trucks in transit are to park.
He said what happened last night could have been avoided, adding that it is good that no life has been lost.