There was chaos at the Yahaya Abatan Road, in Ogba area of Lagos on Monday, as a retail filling station belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum commission was razed in fire.
According to eye witnesses at the scene, the fire started from one of the NNPC tankers parked within the filling station. Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA) and fire servicemen were, however, seen battling the raging inferno.
Asides the filling station, a neighbouring car mart containing 30 vehicles was engulfed in the fire as well as other adjoining buildings in the area.
The Director General of LASEMA, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who was at the scene, explained.
“Upon arrival of the responders at the incident scene, it was observed that a tanker inside the NNPC caught fire which spread to buildings nearby.
It was gathered that the personnel of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, the state police command and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were on the ground to manage the crowd.
It was gathered that officals of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, the state Police Command and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps got involved in managing the crowd.
“Efforts are ongoing by the agency’s officials and men of the Lagos State Fire Service and the Federal Fire Service to combat the inferno.
“Rescue is ongoing while we appeal to members of the public to keep away and allow the responders to complete their work,” said Oke-Osayintolu.