Ebonyi fire fighters rescue fuel tanker, station from inferno – Official


The Ebonyi Fire Service Commission said that it successfully rescued a tanker that was dispensing Premium Motor Spirit at SunPet Filling Station from being consumed by fire on Friday.

The Director of the commission, Mr Raphael Ibiam, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki.

Ibiam said that the tanker caught fire from the heat emitted by a generating set used for dispensing the product.

He said that the fire was quickly averted by his team of firefighters.

He said the team arrived at the station, located at Ishieke Junction on the Abakaliki-Enugu highway, and acted promptly to prevent further escalation of the fire to the station.

Ibiam also said that an official of the station was partially wounded and is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed health facility.

He further said that the fire burnt the generator, tyres of the truck and the hose used for offloading of products.

“The incident happened around 10:38am from the generator to the tyres but we were able to manage the fire.

“The driver of the truck quickly drove out from the station to avoid escalation,” Ibiam said.

He called on the public to adhere to precautionary measures to prevent fire outbreaks.

He also admonished the residents, traders, petrol service stations, among others, to keep a fire extinguisher to control fire outbreaks

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