Sunday, 24 April 2016

Fire outbreak at NNPC in Kaduna state kills at least 3 people

Just after a fire outbreak at an NNPC accredited fuel station in Kaduna state, 3 people have been reportedly killed and 10 vehicles burnt beyond recognition.

According to Breaking Times the fire started at about 5:09 pm and raged for over three hours.

Alhaji Babangida Kinkinau, owner of a shop near the NNPC accredited fuel station (formerly Fasada Fuel station), said the incident occurred while in the process of discharging fuel by a tanker. 

He said: “One of the compartments of the tanker was leaking fuel while in the process of discharge. I rushed to the scene with a bucket to assist as the manager of the fuel station uses rag to block the leakage. 

“Unfortunately, the fire was triggered from the fuel that flowed on the main road, which engulfed eight cars and two commercial buses on queue; the tanker and the fuel station got burnt as well as a girl and two men were killed. 

“I managed to remove my car from inside the fuel station, but we are in a state of fear because the fire is still raging. We hope the fire will be put under control before it escalates into Kinkinau residential area.” Fire fighters from the Kaduna State Fire Service and Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) battled to quench the fire. 

An official of the Kaduna State Fire Service confirmed the death of the three people. He however, said the remote cause of the fire cannot be immediately ascertained. As at the time of filing the report, he said they were “Currently, we are more concern to bring the fire under control. Investigation will later reveal the remote cause of the fire,”. 

Many residents of Kinkinau GRA, where the fuel station is located opposite Ungwan Muazu, Nnamdi Azikwe Way, are in a state of confusion, as the fire escalates.

Source- Breaking times

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