Latest reports have it that the NNPC petrol station along College Road, Ogba, has been gutted by fire, destroying properties at the scene of the inferno.
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According to reports, many people were trapped as the fire gutted about five residential buildings close to the petrol station.
It was gathered that the fire which started at about 1 pm at the popular road was caused by a petrol tanker allegedly discharging its content.
Videos trending on social media showed residents trooping out of their houses to observe the development in the area, just as thick flames filled the scene of the incident.
At the time of this report, firemen from Lagos and Federal Fire services have been deployed to the scene and were combating the inferno.
Confirming the incident, the Director-General (DG) Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said:
It was observed that a tanker inside the NNPC caught fire which culminated to the spread of the fire to buildings nearby.
Efforts are ongoing by the agency’s officials led by the DG/CEO and men of the Lagos State Fire Service and the Federal Fire Service to combat the inferno.
Rescue operation is ongoing while we appeal to members of the public to keep away and allow the responders to complete their work.
This development is coming about a week after a furniture shop and other shops selling artworks, mattresses, clothes, bags, and jewellery was razed at the popular Dugbe market in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Recall also that the Jos branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, went up in flames recently but reports suggested that the fire was put out early enough and no damage was done to the properties in the building.
Prior to the Jos incident, a fire incident was reported at the Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Abuja.
According to the Commission, the fire did damage to only furniture and non-essential items. This came a few days after the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation was razed by fire; a development that Nigerians thought was premeditated.
See video below:
Fire Outbreak NNPC Filling Station College Road Ogba Lagos..
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— SAMMIE (@micky_sam02) April 27, 2020
Happening live at college road Ogba, Lagos. NNPC on Fire 🔥 burn down car dealers parking garage pic.twitter.com/g4yssDBmic
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