Fire, which emanated from a loaded petrol tanker, has claimed three brothers and two others in Adamawa State.
The incident took place in Mubi, a town in the northern part of the State made commercially strategic by a flourishing international trade with the neighbouring Cameroon Republic.
Eye witnesses said about 50 tricycles, the mode of public intracity transport in the town, were burnt by the petrol fire.
The witnesses said the ill-fated tanker, which was loaded with petrol, exploded into an inferno as the content was being offloaded, leading to the fire and the deaths and destruction of tricycles.
They recounted that the fire started at a filling station in the early hours of Wednesday when fuel was being transferred from the tanker directly into hundreds of jerry cans at the Kasuwan Gyela area of Mubi.
Report gathered that in illegal but thriving petrol dealings, such activities of smugglers around Mubi and other border communities near the Cameroon border are a common sight.
Petrol is frequently transported from around the rest of Adamawa and elsewhere to the border communities in tankers to the border communities and loaded into jerry cans for movement into Cameroon where they reportedly fetch good money.
The Kasuwan Gyela community where the petrol fire occurred Wednesday is usually crowded.
A resident, who said he had participated in the burying of the dead, affirmed that only divine intervention prevented more of the tricycles parked within the vicinity from being lost to the tanker fire.
Local sources said three brothers and two others died as a result during the incident but the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) only confirmed three dead.
The Executive Secretary of ADDEMA, Dr Mohammed Sulaiman, said three people died while two others who were injured had been taken to hospital.