Raymond Ozoji, Awka
It took the prompt response of the officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission on Wednesday night to intercept what would have metamorphosed into yet another horror at ConOil petrol station, New Market Road, near Mr. Bigs Onitsha, Anambra state.
The said petrol station was on fire when the FRSC got a distress call and deployed its officials to the scene, where they used fire extinguishers to fight the fire to a standstill.
The sector commander of the commission in Anambra state, Mr.Andrew Ayodele Kumapayi, said officials of the corps did their utmost to ensure that the fire did not escalate to other buildings around the petrol station even though the sector commander noted that a tanker was discharging fuel at the station as at the time of the inferno.
Also, the public relations officer of the commission, Mr. Paschal Anigbo, stated, “Information reaching us from the scene of the fire outbreak states that, it was a Keke NAPEP that was gutted by fire.
“According to an eyewitness, a tanker was discharging fuel at CON Oil, near Mr. Big’s, along New Market Road, while an attendant was also dispensing fuel to a Keke NAPEP. At some point, the pump caught fire and out of fear the attendant flung the pump and ran for safety.
“Meanwhile, the tanker driver courageously drove the tanker out of the station and out of danger, but three Keke NAPEP parked in the station did not escape the wrath of the fire, as they were burnt to ashes.
“The Fire has been put off. No injury and no death recorded. The area has been cordoned off, while FRSC Operatives are on ground, controlling the traffic.”
Kumapayi however emphasized the need for safety consciousness at all times especially at petrol stations where inflammable objects and materials are handled.