A car dealer has lost 30 vehicles to the fire which gutted an NNPC petrol station at Ogba, Lagos, on Monday.
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The Nation reports that eight of the vehicles were totally razed.
The fire started while a 55,000-litre petrol tanker was offloading its content at the station before a spark triggered the fire and eventual explosion.
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Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said 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.
Oke-Osanyintolu lamented that it took them 30 minutes to get the crowd under control before they could work.
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“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,” he said.