Friday, 27 January 2017

Petrol station fire kills 2, injures 7 in Ogun

ABEOKUTA— There was pandemonium in Adigbe
area, Abeokuta, Ogun State, yesterday morning,
as a filing station, belonging to Rabeng
Petroleum, went up in flames, killing two
persons while seven others, including a seven-
year-old boy, were critically injured.
An eyewitness told our reporter that the fire
resulted from gas explosion that occurred while
a local welder was carrying out a repair work
at the filling station.
Cozmedia  gathered that seven makeshift shops,
one motorcycle, and a pick-up vehicle were
razed in the inferno that took several hours for
fire fighters and other security agencies time to
put out.
Speaking with newsmen at the scene of the
incident, the Director of State Emergency
Management Agency, SEMA, Mr. Shakiru
Adebakin, said the fire incident was a man-
made error that could have been averted if the
owner of the filling station had followed a
simple protection mechanism.
RABENG Petroleum, Adigbe, Abeokuta, Ogun
State, on fire. PHOTO: Wunmi Akinola.
He said that the owner of the filling station
should have known that it was wrong to have
allowed a welding to take place in the station
and if such welding was going to take place at
all, certain precautionary measures ought to
have been put in place.
Also speaking, Ogun State Commandant of
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,
Aboluwoye Akinwande, while narrating how the
incident occurred, said: “This morning
(yesterday), there was fire at one of the filling
stations at Adigbe and immediately our officers
and men quickly went there.
“On getting there, we discovered that a
particular welder was trying to work very close
to a gas filling plant. It caught fire and spread.
Two people have been confirmed dead, while
seven were seriously injured.”
He said the injured ones are currently receiving
treatment at the General Hospital, Ijaiye,
Abeokuta.