Twelve fuel tankers out of 26 parked at Finesse Oil Tanker yard behind the Timber Market in Ashaiman got burnt in a fire outbreak that occurred on yesterday afternoon.
Nine of the vehicles were totally burnt with three partially burnt.
It took the presence of about 35 firemen and officers to bring the fire, which started around 1:5pm to get it totally extinguished at 4:33pm.
Briefing The Ghanaian Times, the Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Divisional Officer Grade I Prince Billy Anaglate said the timely intervention of the GNFS confined the fire on the premises of the company.
He said preliminary investigations pointed to the fact that the accident might have been caused by siphoning of petroleum products from one tanker to the other at the scene, adding that “there were pumps and hoses at the scene to confirm that.”
Mr. Anaglate said it was a miracle that there was no casualty given the serious nature of the fire and cautioned the public against unprofessional means of transferring fuel products.
He said investigation was ongoing to ascertain whether the premises were certified for that purpose.
He said 14 fire tenders, including the turn table ladder, were used with assistance from the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), to bring the fire under control.
Hundreds of people massed up at the scene to catch a glimpse of fire, a situation which gave security agencies made up of the Police and military a hard time to create a conducive atmosphere to firemen to carry out their work.
From Dzifa Tetteh, Ashaiman