Tank lorry catches fire in city

A tank lorry, sitting at a petrol pump, caught fire at Tibet intersection in Tejagon in the city Sunday evening. The lorry, filled with octane and diesel, was being moved when it caught fire at about 6:45pm, said Fire Service and Civil Defense director general Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan. The flame was put off at about 8:00pm. There was no report of casualty, he said. The cause behind the fire could not be known, the DG said, adding that an investigation would be carried out soon. State minister for home, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, who visited the spot after the incident, said it was most likely an accident and they had ruled any suspicion of sabotage.

Nazir Ahmed, manager of the petrol pump Satata Feeling Station, said the lorry had parked since 5:00pm at the station. At about 6:45pm, the lorry was set to be moved. ‘We suddenly saw flames in the connection line of the lorry,’ he said, adding, ‘the driver of the lorry soon drove the lorry out of the pump’. A portion of the petrol pump was however damaged from the fire, he said. He said the lorry, filled with 9,000 liters of octane and 4,500 liters of diesel, was owned by the petrol pump. Salahuddin Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Tejgaon Industrial Area police station located next to the petrol pump, said police rushed to the spot immediately after the incident. He said there was no close circuit camera in the petrol pump, which is mandated to set up a petrol pump. ‘We don’t know whether the fire was an act of sabotage… we would have been able to tell it if there was any CC camera at the pump,’ he said. Meanwhile, traffic movement at the busy Tejgaon-Mohakhali road was hindered for hours as the road was blocked by the police from Bijoy Sarani flyover to Mohakhali bus stand.

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