Obalende Tanker Fire: One killed, many injured

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  …NNPC commiserates with victims

One person has been killed by the fire outbreak that occurred at the Oando filling station, Obalende area of Lagos on Friday as it left many people injured.

The 45,000-litre capacity tanker loaded with petrol belonging to Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) caught fire after it fell on its side in front of the filling station.

The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the development, said LASEMA responded promptly to the distress call about the fire outbreak, adding that 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.”

Oando is the second filling station to have encountered a fire incident this week in Lagos State. A similar fire outbreak occurred on Monday at a NNPC filling station, on Kayode Street, off College Road, Ogba area of the state.

The fire razed a part of the filling station and a car mart nearby. No fewer than 30 cars were burnt in the fire.

NNPC commiserates with victims of Lagos fuel tanker fire incident

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has commiserated with families of the victims of Friday’s fuel tanker fire incident at Obalende area of Lagos State.

NNPC in a statement issued Lagos by the Corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Dr. Kennie Obateru, NNPC wishes all those that sustained injuries in the incident quick recovery.

Obateru explained that all the injured people had been taken to the hospital while further investigation was on to determine the cause of the accident.

He said: “A fuel truck belonging to NPPC’s petroleum products retail affiliate, NNPC Retail Limited, was involved in the road accident while conveying petrol from the Satellite depot to the NNPC Mega Station in Ikoyi, Lagos.

“The mishap, which occurred around 5pm Friday, led to the inferno which consumed the petrol-laden truck in front of a hospital and gas station.”

Obateru expressed appreciation to the good spirited people of Lagos around the scene of the incident and fire service personnel who brought the fire under control.

Peace Obi


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