UPDATE: Exotic cars, houses destroyed as NNPC station catches fire in Lagos

Not fewer than eight exotic cars and some buildings were said to have been destroyed as fire gutted a petrol station belonging to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC arong Ogba axis of Lagos State.

Sunrise News reported that the NNPC fuel station was on fire earlier in the day.

The Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu told The Nation that the petrol station owners did not put enough safety measures in place, adding that the tanker was trying to transload its content when the fire broke out.

According to him, “The crowd is too. We keep on appealing to our people that they should allow us to work. It took us more than 30 minutes before we could commence our activities here because of crowd.

“This incident is due to the fact that this tanker which has a capacity of about 50,000 was trying to transload its content at the petrol station. The uniqueness about this particular incident is that we have a gas plant just nearby, people are selling things at this story building and there’s a car shop beside the petrol station.

“If you look at it holistically, you will discover that they did not put a lot of safety measures in place. However, when the incident occurred, we activated both our local emergency management committee, state emergency management workers and all the fire services.

“We were able to contain the fire from spreading. There was no injury, no deaths despite the fact that this is a very densely populated area. Right now, we have restricted the fire and are working on putting it out.

“We are going to carry out a lot of tests here. We will test the buildings,  petrol station structure, the soil and the underground tanker. Our investigation is going to be holistis.

We are going to ensure safety of lives and properties which is what is paramount to this administration.

“We have about eight cars that were burnt beyond repairs. Other vehicles were burnt but they can be fixed,” he said.

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