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 RESIDENTS of Ogidi, Idemmili North Local Government Area of Anambra State were scampering for safety following a pandemonium in the town a filling station located along Onitsha-Enugu Expressway went up in flames, today.

    An eyewitness said the inferno started when a careless flame caught up with a fuel tanker dispensing petrol in the facility leading to heavy explosion that engulf the whole area in fire.

Although he could not give account of casualty toll, he said the incident occurred around midday when other motorists were on queue to buy fuel from different dispensary points.

   According to him, nobody looked behind while people headed in different ways when the explosion occurred in the premises.

   “There was pandemonium in the entire area in Ogidi, near Onitsha. The petrol tanker was discharging fuel at the filling station, when a small spark of fire was noticed, and before it could be extinguished, the tanker was already in flame, burning down the filling station,” he said.

   Meanwhile, Managing Director of Anambra Fire Service, Martin Agbili confirmed the incident, saying that his men have successfully put off the fire.

   “At about 12:53pm of today (Friday), we received a distress call of a fire outbreak at a petrol filling Station at 7th Mile, Ogidi. Our fire trucks and firefighters were deployed to the fire incident scene. Anambra State Fire Service, Awka, Nigeria and Federal Fire Service were there to fight the fire. The fire had been completely controlled and extinguished now. There was no loss of life while the filling station was saved. The fire affected the tanker. The cause of the fire outbreak was as a result of spark from the pumping ground during their transloading process. We will continue to tell petrol filling station owners to stop discharging and transloading under the intensity of the sun or during the day. This practice is best done in the night or at the early hours of the morning,” Agbili said.

  Again, Petrol tanker Fire In Osha, Razes Filling Station

The commercial city of Onitsha today (Friday) witnessed yet another petrol tanker Fire incident, with a filing station located at the Ogidi end of the razed..

  The fire which started at about 10:00am was said to have emanated from a careless flame that caught-up a  petrol tanker discharging petroleum product in the filling station.

  An eyewitness who spoke to National Light said the incident threw people in  the area into confusion, causing many to run helta-skelter in a bid to escape from ensuing danger.

  “National Light gathered that combined efforts of people to control the inferno paid off and when the Anambra State Fire Service arrived, it was within redeemable level.

  As at the time of filing this report, Anambra Fire Service Director, Mr Martin Agbili while confirming the incident praised the gallantry of his men and courage of the people resulting in successful putting out of the fire before further damage.

   “At about 09:53am today, we received a distress call of a fire outbreak at a Petrol Filling Station at 7th Mile, Ogidi.

 “Our fire trucks and Firefighters were deployed to the fire incident scene. Anambra State Fire Service, Awka, Nigeria and Federal Fire Service were there to fight the fire. The fire had been completely controlled and extinguished now.

  “There was no loss of life while the filling station was saved. The fire affected the tanker. The cause of the fire outbreak was as a result of spark from the pumping ground during their transloading process.

  “We will continue to tell petrol filling station owners to stop discharging and transloading under the intensity of the sun or during the day. This practice is best done in the night or at the early hours of the morning,” Agbili said.

  Meanwhile, normalcy has returned to the area but the owner of the facility has not been seen for comment.

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