SWITZERLAND, MAY 02 – One person has been killed and several others injured after a petrol tanker burst into flames in the Obalende area of Lagos State. The tanker belonging to the NNPC was said to have tipped over before bursting into flames in front of the Oando filling station.
Today’s Echo gathers this is the second fire incident in a week occurring at filling stations in Lagos. On Monday, two buildings including an automobile dealership were destroyed after a tanker offloading fuel at NNPC filling station, Ogba exploded.
Videos posted on social media show thick fumes of smoke and bright yellow flames rising into the air as hordes of youths gathered on the scene, disregarding social distancing rules for combating the coronavirus.
The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the latest development at Obalende, said a 45,000-litre capacity tanker loaded with petrol caught fire after fallen on its side in from of the filling station.
He said after the LASEMA got the distress call about the fire, officials from the agency were dispatched to the scene where they along with men of the Lagos State Fire Service and the Federal Fire Service fought and brought the fire under control.
“Unfortunately, the inferno has resulted in a single fatality, 15 minor casualties, and one major casualty, who happens to be a Lagos State Firefighter. He has been subsequently transferred to the Lagos State General Hospital for treatment while the minor casualties received on the scene medical attention,” he said.
“We appeal for calm and urge members of the public to keep away and allow the responders to complete their work.”
As at the time of filing this report, the fire had been brought under control.