Ijora Explosion: Tank Farm In Lagos Gutted By Fire

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A tank farm that containing about 6,000 metric tonnes of petrol went up in flames Thursday afternoon after a huge fire broke out, according to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency.

To prevent the fire from spreading to other tank farms, no fewer than 20 fire tenders were deployed from both public and private emergency services to the OVH Energy (formerly Oando) storage facility located in Ijora-Badia area.

Fire tenders were supplied from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Federal Fire Service and its state counterpart, Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) as well as many other tenders.

Confirming the development, LASEMA’s Director-General, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said in a a statement that emergency responders were deployed in the area to salvage the situation.

According to Oke-Osanyintolu, LASEMA has “activated its emergency response plan and all relevant stakeholders have commenced appropriate measures to combat the flames and prevent secondary incidents. Lagosians are urged to remain calm.”

The cause of the fire and resulting damage to life and properties were yet to be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

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