Pandemonium as filling station goes up in flames

Pandemonium as filling station goes up in flames

Two persons were feared dead, Wednesday, when a fire outbreak occurred at the fill­ing station, Energies, in the Asero area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

An eye-witness who spoke to Daily independent on condition of anonymity said the fire outbreak oc­curred when a medium tank­er was offloading diesel into another tanker.

Those who were feared dead from the incident were said to be the driver of the tanker that came to receive the diesel and his assistant.

Speaking over the incident, the source said, “The fire started around 10 a.m. and we all just saw the thick smoke coming from the filling sta­tion, nobody could go near the filling station because of the intensity of the fire. The fire­fighters from Ogun State Fire Service later came around to put out the fire.

“We later got to know that the fire started when a tank­er that brought diesel was transferring it into another tanker. It was the tanker that was receiving the diesel that went up in flames while the one that brought the diesel hurriedly left the place to avoid being caught up.

“The two occupants of the tanker that was receiving the fuel were however badly burnt, they were rushed to the hospital by some people.”

The Director of Ogun State Fire Service, Engr. Fa­tai Adefala, while confirm­ing the incident, however, said that those involved in the fire incident only sus­tained minor injuries and were rushed to Ogun State Hospital, Ijaye, for medical treatment.

The Police Public Rela­tions Officer for the state command, SP Omolola Odu­tola, also confirmed the fire incident but said that she could not confirm whether there were casualties or not.

When Independent vis­ited the filling station for­merly known as NIPCO, the burnt tanker as well as the firefighters from Ogun State Fire Service who came to put off the fire were seen on the ground.

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