Petrol station, shops razed in Nnewi gas explosion

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Dispensing meters a petrol station, tanker and shops were gutted by on Friday following a explosion along Nnewi-Nnobi , Nnewi, Anambra .

The incident, which occurred around 8am, said have also razed a motorcycle, generator, deep freezers and other items along the .

The Nation gathered although no life lost, there pandemonium in the area as residents and shop owners scampered for safety while men and youths in the area battled the fire.

An eyewitness, who identified himself as Val Okonkwo, said the inferno caused by a diesel laden tanker attempting transfer its contents another smaller tanker at the filling station.

“While the truck was transferring diesel a smaller truck at the station, the generator hose being used for the transfer pulled and the diesel suddenly spread on the generator which ignited the fire,” he said.

He said attempts to put the fire with the available fire extinguisher were futile as the fire became increasingly , adding the diesel flew along the drain, consuming all items along the way

Okonkwo, whose shop is close to the filling station, however said the fire was later extinguished by fire fighters from the area, adding the tanker drivers escaped by whiskers.

Chairman and Officer Organizer Oil and Ltd, Nnewi, who visited the scene of the incident, sympathised with the patrol station owner who he described as one of their own.

He said: “I came in solidarity and to ensure that the fire is completely put . I must confess that I’m highly impressed by the youths who trooped in their numbers to help fight the fire.

“I don’t think the problem is sighting petrol station near residential houses, because even if a filling station is in an evil forest, buildings would soon spring up there. Caution rather be applied in managing patrol stations, not the site.”