Fire Engulfs Petroleum Tanker In Abuja
This is supposed to be a season of celebration as the yuletide atmosphere is felt all around, but unfortunately, it is can also be a time of destruction caused by fire due to the dry harmattan weather.
The news of a tanker explosion in Festac Town, Lagos on Wednesday afternoon had not even been read by many, when yet another happened in Abuja.
Just few hours after the incident in Lagos, a Petrol tanker laden with the product was on the same Wednesday, engulfed in fire at the Conoil service station on Airport Road, Lugbe, Abuja.
The tanker, which was offloading petrol at about 5:55 p.m. at the station, caught fire, making motorists and passersby to scamper for safety.
An official of the Fire Service, Gidado Ismail said although fire could result at any time, this particular one was due to high temperature.
He said that the outbreak must have resulted from the process of discharging the fuel, adding that the temperature probably triggered it.
According to him, the tanker probably came from a far distance and heated up while some procedures were not followed before discharging the fuel, leading to the fire.
He, however, said that no “monumental damages’’ were recorded as the men of fire service moved swiftly to control it.
The fire was finally put off after over two hours of burning.
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