A gas plant in the Rumukurusi area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, went up in flames early on Tuesday, causing panic among residents and businesses.
According to reports, the incident occurred at around 5 am, leading to concerns about safety in the community.
Residents were startled by shouts coming from the location of the gas facility owned by Hydropet Oil Services Limited.
Grace, a shop owner in the area, described her experience to PUNCH, saying, “I quickly came out to the road leading to Eneka, and behold, it was Hydropet gas plant that was on fire. The fire was huge. I was so afraid because my shop is close to that place.”
According to a resident, the Shell fire service ultimately managed to put out the fire after approximately four hours.
The absence of a fire station from Artillery to Eleme Junction raised concerns, and even when the Federal Fire Service arrived, they reportedly ran out of water.
Scores of policemen and the fire service team cordoned off the area, restricting access to the road.
Concerns over safety and the possibility of an explosion drew a crowd of residents and business owners to the scene.
As of the time of reporting, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Grace Iringe-Koko, had not provided information from the police division.
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