Local fuel service station gutted by fire

By ZBC Reporter

PROPERTY worth millions of dollars was destroyed this Saturday after a Ram Petroleum fuel Service Station was gutted by fire in Ruwa.

No casualties were recorded in the fire as the staff was able to evacuate the station before the explosion caused a large blaze which spread for over fifteen metres.

The fire is suspected to have been sparked by a discharge of static electricity as fuel was being pumped from a tanker to an underground storage tank.

When the ZBC News crew arrived at the scene, the fire had already been put off by the fire brigade with rubble of burnt material scattered all over.

Witnesses, who operate businesses at the premises had all their goods destroyed.

“I saw a huge smoke as I was coming to work and when I arrived here the place was full of fire. We lost everything in the fire. The fire was extinguished by the Harare city council fire brigade,” said an eyewitness.

The company directors, who refused to comment, could be seen loitering around as they tried to come to terms with the loss.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Republic Police has warned fuel service station owners to adhere to fire precaution standards to avoid loss of life and property, saying investigations at Ram Petroleum are underway.

“We can confirm a fire incident that happened in Ruwa, our officers are on the ground and investigations are underway,” said Assistant Commissioner Nyathi.

According to witnesses, the explosion sent out a large ball of fire and smoke into the air, causing commotion around the densely populated business area as a vehicle belonging to a motorist who wanted to refuel also caught fire.