A tragedy that could have destroyed millions of naira
in property and claimed many lives was averted in
Abuja today, as a tanker loaded with fuel caught fire
at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation
(NNPC) Super Mega Station, the largest one in
Nigeria, along Kubwa road in Abuja.
The fire, which started at 5.30pm as a tanker was
trying to discharge fuel into an underground storage
tank, caused staff, customers, and bystanders to flee
to safety. Sources at the scene said no lives were lost
in the inferno.
The driver of the tanker, who escaped unharmed,
told our correspondent the fire was ignited from the
underground tank when he was discharging the fuel.
Staff and passersby frantically tried to put out the fire
with extinguishers, but all to no avail as they
exhausted the extinguishers without making any
It took the timely intervention of Federal Fire Service
and National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA) officials from Kubwa, who battled the raging
fire finally put off. Customers who were in the station
at the time of the incident hurriedly moved their cars
away to avoid being caught up.