According to multiple reports, one person has been killed and several others injured after a fuel tanker burst into flames in the Obalende area of Lagos State on Friday April 2. The tanker belonging to the NNPC was said to have tipped over before bursting into flames in front of the Oando filling station.
The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the development to Channels Television, said the 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.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Friday also commiserated with families of the victims. In a statement signed by NNPC spokesman, Kennie Obateru, the corporation said it wished all those that sustained injuries in the incident quick recovery.
The corporation explained that all the injured from the incident had been rushed to the hospital while further investigation is on to determine the accident’s cause.
— Federal Fire Service Lagos Command (@fedfirelagos) May 1, 2020
Uba fire tanker came through at obalende..
But no social distancing! Are sure about defeating #COVID19 in Lagos?
Are these people ignorant?
— Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) May 1, 2020
Oando Filling station is on fire at Obalende. @Fedfireng I know your people are present and representing already. The public shouldn’t use this incidents as an excuse to forget social distancing. The pandemic is still out there. #StaySafe #StayHome 🦠🔥 pic.twitter.com/WTf528b7Bi
— SEGA L'éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) May 1, 2020
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