Fire breaks out in petrol warehouse in Benin, 35 dead – Dainik Savera Times


Porto-Novo: At least 35 people have died and more than 10 have been seriously injured in a fire at a petrol warehouse in Benin. “The fire broke out at about 9:30 a.m. (0830 GMT) in a town near the border with Nigeria when bags of petrol were being unloaded from a vehicle,” the Beninese Ministry of Interior and Public Security said in a statement.

The statement said the fire engulfed the site, initially killing 35 people, including a child, and leaving more than a dozen in critical condition, Xinhua news agency reported. People were seriously injured and were sent to the hospital, along with the necessary material was also burnt to ashes.

Fire brigade, police and medical teams were immediately deployed to deal with the situation, the statement said, adding that the Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched a full investigation into the cause of the accident. Benin’s gasoline comes from its eastern neighbor Nigeria, a major oil producer, where the fuel is cheaper.

The thousands of liters of petrol sold on the streets of Benin’s towns and neighborhoods usually come from stations along the Benin-Nigeria border. The business, which generates huge profits, also involves huge risks because the way the product is stored is not right. Due to this, fire incidents occur frequently with huge damage.

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