There was panic in ‘Miluku Sabuwa’ Gombe State on Monday morning after a fuel tanker caught fire.

The driver of the tanker was rescued while one person sustained injury from flames of the fire. 

According to Wambai Haruna operation officer of Gombe state fire service, investigations to unravel cause of the fire is ongoing, meanwhile firefighters were battling to quench and prevent the fire from spreading.

Eyewitness account revealed that the fire started while some people were transferring fuel from the loaded tanker into another tanker.

The fire was said to have started when a generator they were using to transfer the fuel from the tanker that has NNPC paint printed on it sparked and caught fire. A tipper that was parked nearby was also burnt.

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The burning tanker was said to have been loaded with 45,000 liters of fuel out which they were able to transfer 15,000 liters before the fire went off.

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Speaking to Bounce News at the scene, Alhaji Umar Ibrahim, chairman Gombe state branch of National Association of Transport Operators (NATO) said, the incident could have been avoided if the state government had made available a parking space for fuel tankers and other trucks in the state.

Gombe state government has since 2013 awarded a contract of building a tanker base which could end such problems in the state but the slow process of the contact has remain an issue of concern to NATO in the state.

“You cannot expect fuel tanker to come into Gombe and offload same day, they need be parking space for them, he said.

He also said this should serve as warning to other drivers coming to Gombe. 

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