Fire caused an estimated ten million dollars worth of damage at Kenya's main petroleum depot in Nairobi on December 22.
1. SV PULL BACK TO GV Storage tanks of the Kenyan pipeline company burn in Nairobi. 0.08
2. GV Firemen from the army, air force and city force fight the blaze. (3 SHOTS) 0.26
3. GV Foam is sprayed on nearby tank to prevent fire spreading. 0.33
4. GV PAN Several oil tanks burning hard. 0.44
5. SV Firemen confer 0.51
6. GV & LONGSHOT OF Fire and pipeline terminal 1.05
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Background: NAIROBI, KENYA
Fire caused an estimated ten million dollars worth of damage at Kenya's main petroleum depot in Nairobi on December 22. Officials of the Kenyan Pipeline Company said the blaze destroyed two complete tanks containing six million litres (1.3 million gallons) of petrol. No-one was injured in the fire which was fought all night by members of the armed forces and the city's firemen as they tried to stop the flames spreading. It;s believed the cause of the blaze was accidental but a government official said that "sabotage could not be ruled out". The fire marks a significant loss as the storage complex, which receives petrol via a pipeline at the port of Mombassa ... contained three days supply for neighbouring Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda, who depend on Kenya for all their oil imports. In recent days, Kenya has been suffering a serious fuel shortage which has led to long queues at filling stations for scarce diesel and kerosene. Meanwhile, the Kenya Pipeline Company announced that the Mombassa terminal was pumping 11 million litres (2.4 million gallons) of petrol to the Nairobi terminal, which has been temporarily closed.
Source: REUTERS - MOHAMMED AMIN