A fire broke out at a petrol pump in Nongrim Hills, Shillong on Friday, police said. It took nearly four hours for the fire to be brought under control leading to nightmarish traffic snarls on Shillong roads.
Meghalaya police chief S.B. Singh told IANS that the fire, which broke out around 4 p.m., was only extinguished by fire service personnel after several hours of effort. “We are yet to ascertain the cause of the fire as we have not started with our investigation,” he said, adding that the damage was also yet to be assessed.
Residents of Nongrim Hills watched in dismay as a major disaster struck on Friday evening after a fuel tanker carrying 18,000 litres of fuel caught fire while it was stationed at a petrol pump. Those living near the petrol pump vacated their homes out of fear that the fire would spread.
There were no details about any casualties yet.