Wednesday, June 17, 2015

3 Petrol Stations Catch Fire in June in Oman !

This must be a record, there have been three petrol station fires around Oman in less than two weeks. In all cases this month, the recorded temperature was 40 C or over in the Muscat area (could have been hotter in the interior). I am posting what videos I could find showing the ignition point of the fire.

Hopefully, someone may be able to lend their expertise as to what exactly is causing these fires. There have been many theories from cell phone sparks to engines running while pumping (a standard practice here). Personally, I am uncomfortable with the fuel top off after the tank is full (also a standard practice here). All petrol is pumped by attendants in Oman.

Recent Petrol Station Fires Oman

  • June 2, 2015   Yanqul, a car caught fire, outside temp 42 C
  • June 3, 2015    BidBid, 8 am, a car caught fire, outside temp 41 C
  • June 16, 2015  Ghubra, Muscat, Al Maha Station, 12:17 pm, a bus caught fire, engine was on, two injuries were reported, outside temp 40 C
  • July 23, 2014  Mawaleh, Muscat, a moto caught fire and then a car.  Night. outside temp 34 C. From the video, it looks as if the moto caught fire as the man used the kick start to rev the engine - a spark perhaps. The secondary car caught fire as the driver tried to pull out with the pump still fueling his car. 

Yanqul Petrol Station Fire Video - June 2, 2015

Watch how an Omani survived from burning in his car due to the heat at a filling station in Yanqul.

Mawaleh Petrol Station Fire Video - July 23, 2014

Gubrah Petrol Station Fire Video - June 16, 2015

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