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  • Updated: February 09, 2024

Kogi: Petrol tanker catches fire inside filling station

Kogi: Petrol tanker catches fire inside filling station

Station attendants, customers, and numerous individuals at the Abiodun Ojo Filling Station in Lokoja narrowly escaped a potentially fatal incident on Thursday when a tanker ignited while unloading petrol. 

The prompt action of the state fire service and several good Samaritans was crucial in extinguishing the flames.

Although there were no casualties, the incident caused significant traffic congestion on the typically busy road, particularly in the vicinity of Logongoma Market, Phase 1. 

The occurrence reportedly occurred around 3:30 p.m. While the station manager declined to provide a comment, eyewitnesses attributed the fire to a spark originating from the tanker.

A witness, Fatima Ali, told journalists that the tanker arrived at the station and was about to start discharging product when a spark occurred.

“The spark immediately triggered off the fire,” Ali said.

She said that when the tanker caught fire, the driver summoned courage and drove it out of the station to the road, where fire service men came to extinguish the flames.

According to her, workers at the nearby EEgoja Gas Station rushed to the filing station with fire extinguishers and helped fight the fire.

Motorists and other road users diverted to one lane of the road as frantic efforts were made to bring the situation under control.

The acting director of the Kogi Fire Service, Salahu Ozigi-Umar, expressed gratitude to God for the timely intervention by people from the neighbourhood.

“Of course, there was some little damage to the station and the tanker. The joy is that no life was lost, and no attendant suffered any injuries as a result of the unfortunate incident.

“The only challenge we had in the process of extinguishing the fire was the undue interference from sympathisers.

“The major cause of the fire would possibly be the long journey by the tanker, coupled with the present harsh weather conditions,” Ozigi-Umar said.

He advised motorists to always obey all cautionary signs and ensure other safety measures, including installing necessary vehicle equipment.

The spokesman for the state police command, SP Williams Ovye-Aya, expressed happiness over the timely intervention of the state fire service, which helped to bring the situation under control. 

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