A Brazilian businessman was forced to watch his pick-up truck
go up in flames shortly after filling his tank with fuel from a
Lethem gas station early yesterday morning.
Oswald Verias, from Bom Fin in neighbouring Brazil, was about to
head back home when he encountered problems with his engine.
businessman Oswald Verias stares at what is left of his
According to reports, Verias is one of many Brazilian
businessmen, some from as far as Boa Vista who would travel to
Lethem to purchase fuel at a cheaper cost than in their
Yesterday he purchased 80 litres of fuel valued at $16,800 and
was about to leave when his engine developed problems.
He solicited the help of persons nearby to give his vehicle a
But as the vehicle’s engine switched into operation, smoke was
observed coming from under the bonnet and before Verias realized
what was happening the engine burst into flames.
The Brazilian businessman apparently panicked and fled from the
vehicle without flying the bonnet, thus rendering any assistance
Several fire extinguishers were used but the blaze quickly
spread to other parts of the vehicle consuming it within minutes
as Verias stood watching helplessly.
Verias estimates his losses at more than $600,000, including the
$500,000 vehicle and several important personal documents.
Thursday, February 25, 2010