Three people have sustained injuries and 10 vehicles were burnt following the explosion at ASCON petrol station on Admiralty way Lekki phase 1.
According to P.M News, the three people who sustained injuries, were trying to put out the fire before fire fighters arrived the scene.
The fire was said to have begun around 2.00pm and spread to other areas, and several cars parked within the fuel station.
But for the timely intervention of the Lagos State Fire Service who arrived the scene few minutes later, the situation could have degenerated as the firemen battled to extinguish the inferno.
According to an eyewitness, who preferred to be called Ugochukwu said, “What we learnt was that it was a fuel tanker. The tanker suddenly caught fire and spread across the road to an empty land. The fire was raging, but the fire fighters succeeded in bringing it under control,” said an
Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe said the fire involved two tankers fully laden with 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) 10 other vehicles and two motorbikes.
Fadipe added that one dispensing pump was also affected in the fire, saying that the Eti-Osa fire station was immediately alerted and responded to the distress call.
He said the magnitude of the fire prompted the mobilisation of other fire trucks from Onikan and Alausa fire stations, saying that “what you are seeing here has shown our capability and ability to tackle outbreak of fire in the state. The fire was very massive; you could see it from a very far distance billowing into the sky.”
Fadipe said the three persons who sustained injuries were attended to by the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), lamenting that this latest fire incident, brought to 12, the number of petrol chemical fire incidents the fire service had responded to this year.
The filling station is opposite the FCMB bank that was robbed last week.
Commuters were said to have abandoned their vehicles to flee the carnage as the raging inferno had spread to the roundabout and the bridge.