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A section of a petrol filling station at Akenfa, a suburb of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, has been gutted by fire.
The fire destroyed properties worth millions of naira at the petrol filling belonging to Millomi and Sons Enterprises Nigeria Limited.
Though the cause of the fire could not be ascertained, the fire was said to have started from the generator house at the back of the petrol station.
However, it was learnt that no life was lost in the incident. Also, the filling station was reportedly not dispensing fuel when the incident occurred.
Several policemen from ‘C’ Division in Akenfa were drafted to the scene of the fire accident to maintain law and order.
An eyewitness, who gave his name as Emmanuel Stanley, said some youths from the area mobilised to quench the raging fire after it began.
Stanley said that they used water mixed with detergent as well as sand to put out the fire before men of the Bayelsa State Fire Service arrived at the scene.
He stated, “When we came here, they told us that the fire started from the generator house. We tried to stop the fire when we came. We used water, detergent and sand to quench it. Individually, we tried to call fire service before they came.”
Another eyewitness, Erubamo Nuabiokoru, who owns a shop near-by described how the inferno started, saying “the thing (fire) just came out unexpectedly.”
He said, “My store is just back of the filling station. My son ran out and started shouting ‘fire o’ ‘there is fire in the filling station’. When we looked out, the thing was coming out with speed. Everybody just ran out to help.”
The managing director of the filling station, Godwin Tuma, said he was in his office in the filling station building when the fire broke out but would not know what caused the fire.
Counting the losses, he said two generators worth N7m and a three thousand-litre diesel tank were destroyed by the fire.
“I was sitting down in the office, so my television shut down. So, that’s when I went to check what was happening. I don’t really know what happened. I saw smoke from the generator. The fire burnt two generators and three thousand-litre diesel tank. The cost of the generators is about N7m.”
Tuma, who commended members of the public for rushing out to help the filling station, confirmed that no casualty was recorded in the fire incident.
Meanwhile, there was a mild drama at the filling station as some men of the fire service engaged themselves in fisticuffs over an unexplained disagreement.
One of the policemen, who mediated in the fight, was said to have however aggravated the situation when he slapped one of the fire servicemen involved in the brawl.
Angered by the action of the policeman, the firefighters threatened to pack up and leave the scene.
But they were prevailed upon by some concerned individuals to forgive and focus on putting out the fire that had just started burning in the power house section of the filling station.
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