A huge fire at a petrol depot has brought at least temporary fuel shortages to drivers and householders in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
LV Thick black smoke rising from refinery fire ZOOM INTO GV.
SV Flame belching out.
GV Traffic along road PAN TO long queues of vehicles at service station.
SV Black pump attendant urging vehicles to move.
SV Motorist gesturing from inside car PULL BACK TO LV cars.
GV Line of cars near pumps. (2 SHOTS)
GV Service station and CU pump with sign 'diesel out of stock'. (3 SHOTS)
GV PULL BACK TO LV Flames rising from refinery.
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Background: A huge fire at a petrol depot has brought at least temporary fuel shortages to drivers and householders in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. On December 23, the day after the fire, traffic was much reduced because many petrol stations were closed. Long queues of vehicles formed outside those few stations that still had supplies. A fleet of tankers was assigned to travel from the large refinery at Mombasa to Nairobi with fuel to replace deliveries from the damaged pipeline that normally serves the capital. The first tankers to arrive were greeted by people lined up with jerrycans to fill with kerosine and cooking gas. Some nine million litres (2.38 million gallons) of petrol were destroyed in the fire, with damage estimated at around eight million US dollars. Although the cause was not immediately known, Energy Minister Kabere Mbiijjigwe ruled out sabotage.