LATEST: An Oil Tanker Explosion Rocks Likoni in Mombasa

Heavy smoke billows from a Likoni oil terminal as residents watch on Saturday, 5 August 2017

A huge fire engulfed a fuel terminal in Likoni, Mombasa following an oil tanker explosion.

No fatalities were reported as fire fighters and police contained the incident. Property worth millions were destroyed in the terminal.

The explosion whose cause is unknown occurred at about 12:30 pm on Saturday, August 5 an oil tanker exploded inside a fuel facility at Mbaraki Bulk Terminal Ltd in Mombasa causing panic among area residents.  The terminal is near the Nakumatt Supermarket, Mombasa.

The terminal has a storage capacity of 50,000 metric tonnes. According to security guards, at least six tankers were inside the premises at the time.The explosion occurred earlier this afternoon around lunch time. Those trapped in the terminal were rescued and the injured were rushed to the hospital.
Witnesses say they heard a huge explosion from the diesel section of the terminal.

Journalists were not allowed to access the scene.

The Mombasa  County Fire Brigade arrived at the scene to contain the flames although no one else could access the area because of the flames. Members of the Kenya Red Cross also responded to the incident to assist those affected. A huge crowd gathered to witness the incident.

Further reports now indicate that the fire has been contained. Local leaders expressed their sorrow as the terminal was a source of employment to many local residents.

Thick smoke seen from Mombasa City

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