A tank farm around the Apapa area of Lagos allegedly owned by a major petroleum company has been burning for over 20 hours. The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) stated that it successfully localized the fire and prevented it from spreading to other sites.
What you should know
- Nairametrics reported the outbreak of the inferno, with an eyewitness confiding that the fire might be due to a wielding work going on around the farm.
- As of the time of writing this, there was no official record of loss of lives or injury as a result of the inferno.
- The tank farm that is currently burning has a storing capacity of 7.5 million liters.
- The fire incident was officially reported on Thursday, October 5, 2020, at about 12:20 p.m.
LASEMA has called on the Lagos residents around Ijora Badia, where Oando Tank Farm is located, to remain calm as efforts are being made to put the fire under control.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria- LASEMA Director-General, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, noted that a combined response team, comprising of both public and private stakeholders, had successfully localised the fire and prevented it from spreading to other sites.
He said it was currently burning off in a controlled manner following the activation of the state’s emergency response plan.
What they are saying
Dr. Olufemi said: “All appropriate measures to combat the flames and prevent secondary incidents have been taken.
“Though the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, all relevant stakeholders from the Federal Fire Service, LASG Fire Service, Nigerian Navy Fire Fighters, UBA Fire Service, Ardova Plc and Officers of the Nigerian Police Force are working assiduously to curtail the fire from escalating to other tanks in the depot.”