Nigerian fuel company OVH Energy has praised the efforts of those who helped to extinguish a huge blaze at its terminal in the Apapa area of Lagos, Nigeria, which burned for more than a day.
The fire broke out at around 12.20pm local time on 5 November 2020 in a tank at OVH Energy Terminal 1, formerly owned by Oando. The fire was not put out until 4.43am on 7 November. The terminal has a capacity of 7.5 million L and stores refined petroleum products.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (Lasema) said that its own responders tackled the blaze, alongside the Federal Fire Service, the Lagos State Fire Service, Nigerian Navy Fire, Nigerian Police and Forte Oil Fire Service. OVH Energy commended their ‘invaluable efforts’ and those of a number of other companies and agencies, including Adova, the National Nigerian Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Folawiyo Energy, Total Nigeria, and the Nigerian Army.
No casualties have yet been reported as a result of the fire. Eyewitnesses told local media outlets that welding work had been taking place at the tank farm immediately prior to the outbreak of the fire and speculated that welding sparks caused the incident, but this has not been confirmed officially.
‘As a responsible corporate citizen our priority is the safety of life and property of all stakeholders. We are committed to a goal of zero health and safety incident so we have commenced immediate investigation of the cause of the fire,’ says OVH Energy in a statement.