26 Feared Dead As Oil Vessel Catches Fire In Port Harcourt

Oil Vessel Fire Raging In Port Harcourt UPDATE 3: Report says 30 people have been burnt to death and 5 rescued alive when trapped in the vessel that caught fire at the Abuloma water front.

Officials of NEMA’s information department are asking for help from the fire service and multi-national companies around Abuloma for urgent assistance to battle that fire.

A total of 3 tankers were seen still in flames at Rumuokehi while one had been successfully put out by men of the fire service.

UPDATE 2: Reports say JTF set fire on the tankers bacause they were used for illegal bunkering activities.

Just as the fire was burning the five tankers at the Eneka road,youths were at the scene scooping the diesel.

UPDATE 1: An oil vessel carrying crude oil has caught fire in Abuloma wharf in Port Harcourt Rivers State, fire services and National Emergency Management Agency officials are still battling to put out the fire.

According to residents in the Abuloma community, some 26 persons might have died in the tanker inferno.

An emergency services officer said that they are concerned about the spread of the fire to other tankers in the jetty if the fire is not curtailed immediately.

The vessel reportedly belongs to Nestoil. A fire truck owned by NEMA has arrived the scene with a back up fire truck from SPDC.

A second fire in Eleka in Rumuokechi area of Port Harcourt has been put out after five gasoline tanker caught fire. The JTF in the area averted a major fire disaster as they stopped residents from scooping gasoline from the tankers shortly before they caught fire.. The JTF operatives have cordoned off the area.

Earlier Report…

Reports reaching us says there has been fire inferno in Port Harcourt as 3 trucks loaded with diesel along Atali Eneka road and another fire at Abonima jety with vessel and barges on fire with 30 crew member on board.

Unconfirmed report says residents in the area started scooping fuel, despite the fire accident that killed about 200 last week.

  1. Ask me again Reply

    People will never lean a lesson!

  2. Beryl Anagaba Reply

    This is a clear demonstration of the extent our people can go to acquire wealthy take it as a do or die affair. They become victims of avoidable death instead of learning from other person’s mistakes suggest that more enlightenment campaign be carried out especially in this part of the country with frequent cases of fuel disaster to avert future occurrence. I pray speedy recovery to the injured once and the soul of the dead to rest in perfect peace.

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