A joint committee of firemen and officials of the Bulk Oil Storage Transportation BOST, has been set up to investigate the cause of a fire outbreak that razed down four fuel trucks near a depot belonging to the company last Friday.
According to BOST, the committee will determine the true cause of the fire that burnt down four trucks and their contents.
BOST in an earlier statement noted that the exact cause of the fire was not known.
Speaking to Citi News, Savannah Regional Commander of the Ghana Fire Service, Assistant Fire Officer, Kwesi Baffour-Awuah, said the committee’s report will be made public if it does not have any implications for national security.
“A team from BOST arrived in Buipe over the weekend and we have constituted a committee to look into the cause of the fire. So, they have commenced the investigations. At the moment it is going to take some time. I wouldn’t like to put a day to it but I can assure you that, it will be very soon. Such investigations to some extent cannot be done in public, especially if it is a case of national security. It is under law, but that notwithstanding, with regards to the recommendations we have to rectify certain remedies then that one will be put in the public domain. Conducting investigations take time, so for now we cannot put it out any information in the public domain,” he stated.
BOST estimates products lost at GHS194,760.00
BOST estimated the value of product lost in the fire at GHS194,760.00.
This was contained in a statement released by the company on January 4th 2020. Initial reports stated that three fuel tankers were gutted by the fire at the truck park of BOST’s Buipe Depot but the statement from the company said four Bulk Road Vehicles [fuel trucks] were affected.
Marlick Adjei, Head of Corporate Communications and External Affairs at BOST said that two out of the four BRVs “contained 36,000 litres of diesel (AGO) and 36,000 litres of petrol (PMS) respectively.”
“At the current price of GHS5.41/liter, the value of the product lost is estimated at GHS194,760.00,” the statement noted.
“The fire occurred at the truck park of the depot and not within the depot. It started late in the evening and took a combined force of the depot technical staff and fire officers from the Damongo and Tamale Fire Stations to bring it under control around 10 p.m,” BOST added in the statement.