The MRS filing station on Airport Road, Abuja was on Sunday gutted by fire as a petrol tanker laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) exploded while discharging the product.

The tanker was discharging the product at about 6.41 p.m when it suddenly burst into flames.

Some of the station attendants told NAN that the cause of the fire was unknown, but that they would not rule out spark from a metal within the area when the tanker was discharging.

file photo: MRS petroleum tanker farm gutted by fire

file photo: MRS petroleum tanker farm gutted by fire

Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) raced to the scene for rescue operations.

The fire fighters arrived almost an hour after the fire started. The fire officers, who came with about five trucks, were from Federal Fire Service, National Judicial Institute and FCT Fire Service.

No casualty was recorded as the fire only burnt the canopy but did not affect the main building or underground tank.