An early morning fire disaster has been confirmed by the state fire service in Niger at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depot in Suleja.
Mohammad Kwale, the officer in charge of the service in Suleja, told the NAN on Sunday that the outbreak affected the loading section in the depot.
“The outbreak started around 4:30am when we were called. by
5:00am we have put out the fire. An articulated vehicle was burnt while the loading canopy and some pipes were damaged. No life was, however, lost in the incidence,” he told newsmen.
Reports from a resident,Malam Garba Magaji, said they were awaken by a loud explosion.
”The explosion was like bomb. But a colleague of mine later informed me that it was the tyre of an articulated vehicle that bust at the loading bay.”
In the meantime the depot had been sealed up by a combined team of the fire service, police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).