A third vehicle on Thursday went up in flames, in just two days, under suspicious circumstances; and concerns are being raised about the quality of fuel being used.
Inews understands that a minibus in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), mysteriously caught fire.
It was unclear if anyone was injured in the incident, but Fire Prevention Officer Andrew Holder has made it clear that an investigation is launched into each fire the Fire Service responds to. The cause of this most recent mysterious fire could be determined soon.
“If it is that the operational team – the firefighters that respond to these fires – cannot come up with the cause of the fire, only then would my team kick in,” he told this online news.
On Wednesday, two vehicles also faced the same fate in separate incidents.
Reports are the first fire occurred at High Street and Brickdam, Georgetown, where passers-by saw a man stopping his vehicle and thick smoke which emanated from the bonnet transformed into an uncontrollable fire.
The Guyana Fire Service was subsequently called, and the situation was brought under control. No one was injured.
Minutes later at Sheriff Street, Georgetown, a similar scenario unfolded when a minibus contracted to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) erupted into flames.
According to information received, the minibus was crossing David Street, heading in the direction of the Rupert Craig Highway when the driver, Tameshwar Mullin, noticed smoke coming from under his seat. After parking and exiting the vehicle, he lifted the seat and saw the flames.
Efforts to save the minibus proved futile, but firefighters from the Guyana Fire Service arrived shortly after and doused the flames.
Many persons have so far questioned the quality of gasoline now being offered for sale as a result of the peculiar fumes.
A mechanic contacted this online news stating that he began to encounter difficulties with several vehicles which have all been using the said fuel.
A motorcycle reportedly started to overheat which caused the man to empty the gas tank and refill with another fuel. When this was done, the motorcycle’s engine reportedly began to run smoothly and without any difficulties.
As such, several other vehicles owned by the mechanic was also emptied of the fuel and had the same results.
According to the man who wished to remain anonymous, he contacted the gas station where the fuel was purchased but has since been unable to speak with a representative.