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Fire wrecks NNPC Ijalla depot, DRTV

WARRI —Fire yesterday wreaked havoc on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) crude oil export depot at Ijalla, Warri, Delta State, when one of the tanks containing peel chemical exploded.

The inferno also razed the transmission equipment of Delta State-owned Radio and Television station (DRTV), Edjeba, and its makeshift building.

Vanguard gathered that the fire, which started at about 6.30 pm, took the combined efforts of men of Shell Petroleum Develop-ment Corporation (SPDC) and Warri South and South-West local government councils’ fire service departments to put out.

Though the immediate cause of the fire has not been ascertained, reliable sources told Vanguard that it could have resulted from excessive heating on the broadcasting equipment, as all the airconditioners in the makeshift newsroom were dysfunctional.

It was further gathered that management of the broadcast station had been inundated with reports of the hot condition of the place, which had reportedly been melting down electrical cables suspected to have caused the fire.

Details of the NNPC fire disaster were still sketchy at press time, but efforts to speak with key managers of DRTV failed, as no one was prepared to speak.


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