Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the Acting Zonal Coordinator, South West Zonal Office, (NEMA) confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos State.
Farinloye said the cause of the fire which started at the depot about 12.05 p.m. was yet to be ascertained.
He noted that all employees working in the facility have been safely evacuated, stressing that officials of the Federal Fire Service, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Fire Service and the Lagos State Fire Service were presently trying to extinguish the inferno.
Also speaking, Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said emergency responders had been deployed in the area to salvage the situation.
The agency has activated its emergency response plan and all relevant stakeholders have commenced appropriate measures to combat the flames and prevent secondary incidents.
Lagosians are urged to remain calm. Further updates will be communicated.
See some photos and videos from the scene of the fire incident below;
JUST IN: Eyewitnesses reporting an explosion at a tank farm in Apapa, Lagos. pic.twitter.com/DN7npBMG3p
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) November 5, 2020
Emergency⚠️ pls call the fire service.
Massive fire on a storage facility at Oando(OVH) Terminal, Apapa. 🔥🔥pic.twitter.com/ogHidmxNad
— budX🧭 (@budXcurious) November 5, 2020
Just in: Tank Farm belonging to Oando on Fire Location: Apapa, Lagos.pic.twitter.com/TpH5IwLyZ8
— Mazi Chuks 30billion OT (@BillionaireOti) November 5, 2020
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