NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 24- Seven saloon cars and a petroleum truck were destroyed when a fierce fire razed down part of a Kenol/Kobil petrol station along Langata Road on Wednesday afternoon.
Another truck that had been parked nearby the station was also partly damaged but its content could not be immediately established.
According to witnesses, the lorry was offloading fuel when it exploded shortly after 4pm.
Fire fighters from Wilson Airport however arrived in time to contain the fire.
“We were offloading fuel from the tanker when the fire broke out but we could not immediately establish where the fire came from,” a pump attendant told Capital News. “But from the look of things, it must have started from the fuel nozzle.”
However no one was injured in the incidence but an unknown amount of fuel was burnt.
The pump attendant said the tank to which the fuel was being offloaded was estimated to hold about 50,000 litres of fuel.
The station’s management was unwilling to speak to the press saying they were busy ‘trying to assess the damage’.
In an interview with capital News, Langata Police boss Patrick Mang’oli said that the investigations into the cause of the fire had been launched.
“The fire broke out at about ten minutes after four but it was lucky that there were police on patrol and they immediately notified the fire brigade who came in within good time to salvage the situation,” Mr. Mang’oli said.
He Mang’oli however cautioned petrol station owners to take necessary precautions such as stocking fire fighting equipment to avert any eventualities.