Fears about the other two tanks exploding

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One of three fuel tanks at the Matautu Wharf continues to burn as thousands of people are being evacuated. 

Businesses nearby have been closed as well as government offices in the area as Firefighters battle the blaze.

Emergency workers and Police have taken over the area, sealing it off from members of the public.

The Samoa Observer understands that firefighters are concentrating their efforts on preventing the fire from spreading to the other two tanks.

A senior police official said there is a fear that the other two tanks could explode and that’s why the area has been evacuated.

Firefighters and trucks from all over Upolu including Faleolo have been called to the area.

In the meantime, the fire can be seen from as far away as Siusega and Vaitele as black smoke covers the town.

The fire started about an hour ago.

 

More details soon.

 

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