By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 7 August 2014:
The NOC announced today that firefighters have been able to bring the fire under control in the . . .[restrict]four fuel tanks at the Brega Fuel Depot in Tripoli’s Airport Road. It further said that it expects that the small fires at the other four tanks would be completely put out by the end of the day.
The NOC went on to say that, if conditions remain the same and there is no further gunfire (by the warring militias) within the immediate vicinity of the gas and fuel tanks and firefighters are able to continue their work, it considered that the very dangerous stage it warned of previously would have been avoided.
It will be recalled that the NOC had warned of a possible catastrophe if the tanks holding gas were to explode – affecting an area of 6 km radius.
Nevertheless, the NOC warned that there will always be he danger as long as shells continue to fall intermittently and indiscriminately in the vicinity.
The NOC paid tribute to the Health and Safety and Firefighting personnel who had been taking part in controlling the fire at the Fuel Depot and especially their efforts to keep the gas tanks cool and avoid their explosion. [/restrict]