The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) mega station at the Central Business District, Abuja, has been razed down by fire
The fire was said to have started when a tanker was discharging fuel to the tanks of the petrol station.
Though no casualty nor injury was recorded,however, some sections of the filling station were affected by the inferno.
It was learnt officers and men of the Federal Fire Service Abuja were on hand to tackle the fire and helped in preventing it from spreading to neighbouring buildings.
Some eye witnesses confirmed that the prompt response of the fire service helped the situation.
A witness, said, “I was driving close with the intention to fill up my tank when we were asked to use a different road that there was fire at the station.
“I parked and trekked and I saw the fire service people were already there helping to quench the fire,” he said.
He added that some security men helped in controlling traffic.
Commenting on the situation, Collins Elechi, Public Relations Officer, Federal Fire Service Abuja, confirmed the incident.
He said that the fire started around 9.28 p.m. yesterday while a tanker was discharging product. He said the service received a distress call immediately and quickly deployed its men to the scene.
“Our fire fighters responded immediately to the fire outbreak on Sunday at the mega station.
“The quick intervention limited the loss to the vehicles alone.
“It could have been more devastating if it had happened in the day time, especially afternoon, “he said.
He called on filling stations to be cautious while discharging petroleum products.