Cigarette triggers fire at Sonawar petrol pump
SYED IMRAN ALI HAMDANI
Srinagar, Oct 5: A major tragedy was averted Wednesday when fire erupted at Sonawar petrol pump but was doused by the timely action of the fuel station staff even as one of them was wounded.
It all happened when a three-wheeler caught fire at the petrol pump as its driver allegedly lit cigarette while refuelling the cab.
Officials said the driver had been warned by the staff not to smoke as it is prohibited but he defied their instructions and as soon as he lit his cigarette the petrol caught fire and within minutes his three-wheeler was in flames.
The alert staff of the Srinagar Garages petrol pump, Sonawar immediately informed Fire and Emergency Department and the local police.
“One of the staff members Syed Mustafa son of Syed Ahmed of Amdakadal, Bagwanpora, grabbed an AB type fire extinguisher and brought the fire under control,” Head of Disaster Management Cell, Aamir Ali told Greater Kashmir while monitoring the situation at the volatile spot.
“With the help of other fire extinguishers he ensured that the petrol tanks and pumps do not catch fire,” Ali added.
“The volunteer had recently undergone fire fighting training from oil company and the Civil Defence,” he added.
In the meantime, fire tenders rushed to the spot and the fire was doused within minutes.
“During the fire fighting Gulzar Ahmed Chopan, a pump employee suffered serious burn injuries and was immediately rushed to the hospital, where his condition is stable,” Ali said.
Meanwhile the auto rickshaw driver Inayat Hussain Bhat of Nishat was arrested by SHO Ram Munshibagh and a case was registered.
Additional Director General Police, Civil Defence, Home Guards and Auxiliary, Dr Ram Lubhayya has announced cash reward for the volunteer while Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Abdul Majid Mir and Deputy Development Commissioner Meraj Ahmed Kakroo appreciated Syed Mustafa for the “exemplary show of courage”.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 5 Oct 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 5 Oct 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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