Filling station goes up in flame as petrol tanker catches fire
A tanker dispensing petrol at a filling station in Ogidi, near Onitsha, Anambra State caught fire on Friday, raising the entire fuel station in flames.
Eyewitnesses said there was pandemonium in the area on Friday afternoon when the petrol tanker caught fire, while discharging fuel at the filling station.
They said the fire outbreak began with a small spark, which became intense and degenerated into an inferno that swallowed the entire fuel station in flames.
While confirming the incident, the state Fire Service director, Mr Martin Agbili, said: “At about 09:53am of today (Friday), we received a distress call of a fire outbreak at a petrol filling Station at 7th Mile, Ogidi.
“Our fire trucks and firefighters were deployed to the fire incident scene. Anambra State Fire Service, Awka, Nigeria and Federal Fire Service were there to fight the fire. The fire had been completely controlled and extinguished now.
“There was no loss of life while the filling station was saved. The fire affected the tanker. The cause of the fire outbreak was as a result of spark from the pumping ground during their transloading process.
“We will continue to tell petrol filling station owners to stop discharging and transloading under the intensity of the sun or during the day. This practice is best done in the night or at the early hours of the morning,” Agbili said.