Following the inferno that rocked the entire Ijegun Egba area of Satellite Town, Lagos Mainland, yesterday, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, more information about the cause of the incident has emerged.
It was gathered that the tank farm belonging to Stallonaire Nigeria Limited, located in the community went up in flames and in the process, destroying a 6,000,000-litre capacity tank which had some petrol in it.
During the fire, one person reportedly suffered minor burns while some others, among who were staff of the company, sustained minor injuries. This was due to the stampede that occurred as a result of the workers scampering for safety.
Vanguard reported that the inferno occurred during a manual transfer of petroleum products by workers on the site of incident.
“Operators of the tank farms were manually transferring petrol from the tank that caught fire to the gantry, when the fire started.
“The luck we had was that the tank in question was near empty, while the surrounding tanks were also empty. Had there been products, the entire area would have been engulfed by the inferno,” the worker narrated.
The inferno was put out following the combined intervention of rescue officials of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA.
Speaking on the incident, the General Manager, LASEMA, Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, said an investigation will be conducted.
He added that there is the need for owners and managers of oil and gas companies to always ensure that proper emergency response plan was put in place at their various locations.