Zimbabwe: Fire Guts Ruwa Service Station, Reduces Tanker to Shell | AfriTV Online

On saturday, fire broke out at a RAM service station in Ruwa, causing significant damage to the equipment and a fuel tanker that discharged the highly flammable material.   The incident also affected some hardware shops located near the station, which ...

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Zimbabwe: Fire Guts Ruwa Service Station, Reduces Tanker to Shell

Published by: O. Elijah
09/06/2020 11:26 AM

On saturday, fire broke out at a RAM service station in Ruwa, causing significant damage to the equipment and a fuel tanker that discharged the highly flammable material.

 

The incident also affected some hardware shops located near the station, which happened in the morning. A fire engine in the City of Harare had trouble putting out the inferno and had to call for military assistance. Fuel station employees watched helplessly as fire fighters tried to suppress the flames.

 

Philip Marufu said in a later media interview, Harare Fire Brigade Assistant Divisional Officer, that the fire has caused significant property damage.

"The fire caused considerable damage, there was substantial damage to the fuel tanker, fuel pumps and the hardware shops," Marufu said.

"We faced problems when we fought a gasoline tanker holding 20,000 liters ... so we mobilized from the army for another fire truck to be able to put the fire out."

 

Service station manager, Lynne Zata said the spark had come from the tanker that had some fuel offloaded.

"It was when the fire began, but I don't know what caused the fire," she said, adding that no one had been injured as a result of the incident.

One of the hardware owners who preferred anonymity said that the fire-fighters' first truck was struggling to connect water pipes to put out the fire.

"The fire brigade may have saved the other side of the building but without enough water to extinguish the station the fire truck arrived at the scene," she said.

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