The Hydropet Fueling Station Gas Plant, along the Aba Road, Rumuokwurushi, in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, has been gutted by fire.
The incident which happened on Tuesday, caused panic as motorists and pedestrians completely avoided the area for fear of explosion.
A passerby who confirmed the incident to TNN, urged the state fire service to as a matter of urgency put out the fire to avoid loss of lives and destruction of properties.
A certain Mr. Peter Abraham who spoke with our correspondent explained that, “it is the gas plant that is on fire not the Hydropet fueling station. You know they have the gas plant and the fueling station, so, it is the gas plant that is burning fire.
“What is needed now is for the Rivers State Fire Service to respond swiftly and put out this small fire before it turns into a major disaster; before lives and properties will be affected.
“We should even be thanking God that it is the gas plant that is on fire not the fueling station, if not, by now, the situation would have been worse.”
Abraham added that, “nobody know the cause of the fire, me I am just passing but my shop is here, so we don’t know what caused the fire.”
Shortly after the fire was put out, Mr. Abu Tanuta, a meat vendor expressed gratitude that, “the fire did not spread and the thing did not explode, if not it would have been heavy disaster. Yes, they have quenched the fire, it did not spread and the filling station was not affected.
“I don’t really know the cause of the fire, my own is that I am happy that the thing ended like this, nothing like person died, or properties; house, shop or even car catch fire, we thank God.”