Property worth several millions of naira, including one house and 12 stores, were Thursday night destroyed in a fire incident, sparked by a loaded tanker accident at Ifie community, Warri South council area of Delta state.
The accident occurred at about 9:00pm, involving a tanker with plate number XA 331 LTD, which had loaded the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from Pinnacle Oil and Gas Depot at Ifie community. TheNation revealed.
Although there was yet to be any official confirmation of the cause of the accident, the Nation gathered from community sources that the bad state of the road was the most obvious explanation. It was gathered that the tanker tripped on the badly damaged Ifiekporo-Ubeji Road, resulting in the fire which spread to the razed road side property.
“A Petroleum Tank laden product gutted fire around the private depots at Ifie community, after the Warri Refinery and two houses were affected in the inferno.
No causality but property were lost and took frantic efforts of people and firefighters in the area that help stop the fire from spreading”, a source, Ojobor Cogent, narrated
Confirming the incident, the chairman of Warri South council, Mofe Edema, who visited scene early yesterday said quick response to distress calls by fire service organisations curtailed further spread of the fire as well as prevented loss of lives.
“Thank God many fire response bodied responded promptly apart from only Shell which said they needed clearance from Port Harcourt before coming to quench an emergency fire.
“About 12 stores and one building went down with the fire. I put the Governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa on the phone he spoke to Chief Mode Akoma, Olare-Aja (Head of Elders Council) because there were echoes of community protest.
“The Governor has directed the Commissioner on Special Duties to promptly visit the area immediately and assess the extent of damage. I am also, sometime today, meeting with owners of the concentrated tank-farms in the area”, Edema said.