Monrovia- May 26, 2022: The Government of Liberia through the Liberia National Fire and Rescue Service (LNFRS) has filed a lawsuit at the Monrovia Magisterial Court against the management of Petro Trade, a petrol company operating in the country for posing high-risk danger to Monrovia.
According to the LNFRS, one of Petro Trade’s gas station located on the Bushrod Island opposite the Liberia Petroleum and Refinery Corporation (LPRC) is in defiance to safety regulation concerning the operation of a gas station and fire safety regulation.
The LNFRS said Petro Trade is operating a generator house on the ground of the gas station that poses imminent danger to Monrovia and environs.
According to LNFRS Petro Trade is in violation of chapter 15.1 of the fire code.
Chapter 15.1 states: “ Any person who violates any of the provisions of this code or who fails to comply therewith, or who violates or fails to comply with any order made thereunder, or who builds in violation of any detailed statement of specifications or plans approved thereunder, and from which no appeal has been taken, or who fails to comply with an order as affirmed or modified by a court of competent jurisdiction within the time affixed therein, shall severally for each and every violation and noncompliance respectively, be guilty of an offense punishable by a fine of not more thanUS$500 or by imprisonment.”
The LNFRS also said that Petro Trade is constructing a minimart at the location of the gas station that does not have an emergency exit in addition to the generator house in use by the company.
“The location of the gas station is in red zone which of course it should not be built there,” the LNFRS disclosed.
The LNFRS said a team of inspectors from the public safety construction section along with a representative of Petro Trade, Mr. Benedict Cologwor carried out the inspection jointly.
According to the LNFRS, it was established that Petro Trade owns two stations in the vicinity of the LPRC on the Bushrod Island with each having two servicing pumps.
“The station has four storage tanks underground with the capacity of 5,500 each amounting to 22,000,” the LNFRS divulged.
Meanwhile, the LNFRS said Petro Trade poses high risk to the country and warrants immediate and corrective interference.
The LNFRS also cautioned Petro Trade to urgently address the matter but the entity reportedly reneged on the recommendations, leaving the LNFRS with the option to sue it.
Moreover, when the matter was called for hearing at the Monrovia City Court on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, Petro Trade was not present in court.