Nairobi, KENYA: There was drama on Saturday morning at a petrol station in Kasarani, Nairobi after a vehicle fueled at the station sped off while the pump was still inside the tank opening, causing a fire break out.
According to a press released by the Energy Regulatory Commission, the incident happened at around 7.05am at VivoEnergy Limited’s Shell Petrol Station in Kasarani.
“Officers from the Energy Regulatory Commission immediately launched an investigation.The preliminary report indicates that the fire started after a vehicle fueled at the station and sped off while the pump was still inside the tank opening. This led to the pump being disconnected from the anchorage and dragged to about 30 metres away.Friction between the ground and the pump produced sparks which ignited a fire that quickly spread.” Read the Release.
The driver has since been arrested.
“The driver has since been apprehended by the police. At about 7.25am,the Nairobi County Fire Brigade arrived onsite and extinguished the fire. The police immediately cordoned the area, providing security and controlling both human and vehicle traffic.” Read the release.
There was no casualty nor report of personal injury however there was extensive damage to the entire petrol station.
The Commission has called upon all the motorists to adhere to the advisory at fuel stations instructing motorists to switch off their engines before fueling so as to ensure the prescribed safety measures are adhered to.
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