Tanker truck caused Brikama Elton fire
Monday, June 11, 2012
investigation taskforce committee set up after the fire that ravaged the
Brikama Elton station has established that the fire emanated from the engine of
a tanker truck that was discharging fuel at the station. The fire
damaged the Elton canopy and pumps and spread to some shops in a neighbouring
committee also established that the driver of the tanker truck did not switch
off the engine while discharging fuel.
force committee, comprising representatives from the West Coast Region Disaster
Management office, Elton Oil Company, Ministry of Petroleum, the Brikama Area
Council as well as the NEA and the National Assembly member for Kombo Central,
was tasked to establish the cost of damage in the incident and make
recommendations for the prevention and mitigation of such disasters within
The members of the committee said they expect to complete their findings by next week Monday and submit the report to the governor of the region and other stakeholders. Governor Lamin Sanneh described the incident as disastrous not only on the side of Elton, but also for the neighbouring Sillah Kunda family. He prayed that such incident doesn’t happen again.
managing director of Elton Oil Company, Bakary Jammeh thanked the rescue
services and other people for their quick response in putting off the fire. “It
is a fact that the products and services we deal with are hazardous that is why
we did our best to keep them in a safe place,” he said.
He stressed that the fire did not extend to neighbouring families because the petrol station was top standard. He said it was fortunate that only the discharging tanker got burnt, sparing the buried tank which contains some thousands litres of petrol. “As a company, we have safety policy and discharge procedures,” he added.
Buba Ayi Sanneh, the National Assembly member for Kombo Central; Serign Modou Joof, the West Coast Disaster Management Coordinator; and Serign Faye from the Ministry of Petroleum all commended the rescue officers and the community of Brikama for the assistance.
Meanwhile, the management of Elton Oil Gambia issued a media release after the incident indicating that Elton outlets are equipped with automatic shutoff valves that prevented the fire from reaching the underground storage tanks, and hence preventing a bigger tragedy. It stated that Elton Oil Gambia is currently working with the Disaster Management Committee of the West Coast Region under the chairmanship of the governor to establish the full cause of the fire and the remedial line of action to take.
of Directors, Management, Staff and their families after first thanking Allah,
the Almighty for his benevolence and grace, would remain ever grateful to H.E.
The President of the Republic Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh who
visited the station and sympathised with our staff and all other victims.
Excellency also offered guidance, advice and relief to all the victims and the
Emergency Services immediately. In our greatest time of loss his support and
concern has reinforced our aspiration to continue in our path of economic
patriotism and good corporate citizenship committed to operating to the highest
international standards. We would also like to thank the Fire and Rescue
Services for their prompt response, dedication and professionalism in dealing
with the emergency.
The people of Brikama were gallant and graceful; they assisted in limiting the disaster in a disciplined and orderly manner worthy of praise.Finally we want to thank our customers and all Gambians for their sympathy and assure them of our commitment to their safety and well-being,” the release concluded.
Author: Amadou Jallow