Prompt action by alert petrol pump staff prevented a major disaster on Saturday evening when petrol filling machines at Bharat petrol pump opposite regional transport office (RTO) near Sangam bridge in Shivajinagar caught fire.
Short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the fire. According to fire brigade personnel,machines 9 and 10 caught fire around 6.45 pm. The petrol pump staff called the fire brigade and apparently switched off electric supply and sprayed fire dry chemical to extinguish the flames.
By the time the fire brigade team arrived,the staff had extinguished the fire. Station fire officer Vijay Bhillare lauded the petrol pump staff for their prompt action.
The staff at the petrol pump were trained and alert. Taking swift action they cut off the electric supply,thus preventing a major mishap, Bhillare said.
The fire brigade team,on their arrival at the petrol pump,conducted a proper check-up and left after confirming that the situation was normal.