Fire Ravages Oil Vessel, Fuel Tankers In Port-Harcourt
Barely one week after a tanker fire skidded of the road and busted into flames on the East-West highway at Okogbe in Ahoada West Local Government Area of River State, killing over 100 persons, another incidence of tanker fire has occurred at two different locations, Abuloma waterside and Rumuokehi around Eneka area of the state today.
The fire incident at Ablomma was said to have been caused by a fuel badge at the jetty, resulting to the bursting into flames of an oil vessel at the jetty.
As at the time of this report, official of the National Emergency Management Agency at Abuloma said a there are still battling to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading to other tankers at the jetty.
Five petrol trucks are also said to be on fire at the second location in Eleka area of Port Harcourt which is just a few kilometers away from the Aboluma jetty, in Rumouekehi, but has been successfully put off by a combined team of the fire service and other rescue officials.
The source of the Rumouekehi fire could not be ascertained, but unconfirmed sources said the tankers were set ablaze by men of the JTF because they were being used by bunkerers.
The South-South Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Umesi Emenike, said: “The fire started at about 8am from petroleum products; the first one involved about five tankers which were burnt down while the second was caused by an oil vessel. Our men are still on ground for rescue operations.”
In what may have turned out to be another fire disaster, Notwithstanding the recent death of over 100 residents who were scooping petrol from an accidented fuel tanker in the city, residents were seen scooping fuel from the scene of the incidence, but were immediately chased off by men of the Joint Task Force, JTF, which then cordoned off the area. However there are reports by residents of the community that some 26 persons might have died in the tanker inferno.