Two vehicles burn as fire guts petrol station in Kwara
Two vehicles, a truck and a bus, were reportedly destroyed in a fire incident that ravaged Aasco Petrol Station beside the Nigeria Airforce office along Ajase-Ipo road, Ilorin, on Saturday evening.
The fire incident, which was said to have destroyed part of the petrol fueling station, was said to have been caused by a spark from a Toyota Dyna truck parked at the station.
It was learned that a passersby alerted the state fire service, which took prompt action to put out the fire and reduce the level of damage to the filling station.
The head of media and publicity for the state fire service, Hassan Adekunle, said that firemen deployed their expertise to prevent the fire from spreading to other parts of the filling station.
Adekunle, while narrating the intensity of the fire, said, “Upon arrival at the scene, the fire crew encountered a severe and rapidly spreading fire at the Aasco Filling station along Ajase-Ipo road, Ilorin. The firemen immediately commenced firefighting operations to contain the inferno and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the filling station.
“Despite the scale of the disaster, the firemen demonstrated their expertise and skill, successfully controlling and extinguishing the fire with their knowledge and prowess in firefighting techniques.
“The investigation into the cause of the inferno revealed that a spark emitted from the Dyna truck with Registration number LEM115XB ignited the flammable liquid, leading to the outbreak of the fire.
“This unfortunate incident resulted in substantial damage to the Dyna truck and a Bus. However, thanks to the swift and coordinated response of the firemen and the support of relevant authorities, the fire was brought under control, limiting further potential damage to the facility and surrounding areas,” he said.
Adekunle, however, said that the total estimated property saved in the fire incident was N68.3 million, while the total property lost was estimated at N12.8 million.