Quick action by petrol station staff prevents explosion in Sibu

SIBU: Quick action by petrol station staff prevented a serious explosion after a fire occurred when an oil tanker was about to discharge petrol to the underground tank on Tuesday (July 27).

Sungai Merah Bomba chief, Janggan Muling said in the 10.30am incident, the oil tanker was about to unload the petrol when a van drove in to fill up petrol.

However, it created sparks and caused fire with fierce thick black smoke billowing from the underground tank.

Members of the public who were near the petrol station ran helter-skelter.

"Staff members of the petrol station quickly used 11 fire extinguishers to douse the flame, thereby preventing serious danger from happening," he said.

A female worker at the station was rushed to Hospital Sibu due to minor injuries sustained from the incident.

Janggan said the incident served as a wake-up call to petrol stations that they needed to stop any vehicle from entering the station when the discharging of petrol is in progress.

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