THREE people were rushed to hospital yesterday when three fuel tankers, and three other vehicles, caught fire at a garage in Harare.
The incident was a throwback to the Sunningdale residents, who still remember another fuel tanker explosion, which claimed lives, in the suburb.
The driver of the Energy Pak fuel tanker, and garage supervisor Munashe Mpande, were among the three people, who were rushed to hospital.
One of the owners of two of the fuel tankers, which caught fire, Admire Mpande, told H-Metro that a vehicle, whose wheels were binding, was behind the fire.
The driver of the vehicle was looking for a mechanic.
“He had to rush back to his vehicle when flames of fire were spotted from the wheels.
“Some of our workers rushed to put off the fire, and three of them, including the driver, were injured.
“Their efforts were in vain and the fire destroyed five other vehicles, including my two parked tankers, which were empty.
“The three have been rushed to hospital,” he said.
Firefighters arrived some minutes later but the damage had already been done. Another motorist, Oswell Chinyama, who lost his Toyota Corolla, said he had taken his car for panel beating.
“I rushed here from Lyton industries after receiving reports that the garage was on fire,” said Oswell.
“My vehicle was here, since the garage owner is one of my friends, and it was awaiting panel beating.”
Police officers and Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority engineers attended the scene.
The garage, managed by one T. Chitate, has a fuel station, a cabin house where a caretaker lives and parking space where some motorists leave their vehicles for safety.