In the early hours of Wednesday, a fierce fire ravaged the Fat Noble filling station, an independent oil marketer, along Old Road opposite Torikoh, Badagry, Lagos.
The blaze left four individuals with various injuries, prompting swift responses from emergency services and local authorities.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the fire erupted at approximately 1:00 a.m.. At the same time, attendants were engaged in dispensing petrol into jerry cans and sacks at the rear of the filling station.
The cause of the fire is believed to be linked to the illegal practice of smuggling fuel out of the country.
Eyewitnesses revealed that the fire swiftly engulfed the station following a sudden explosion during the fuel dispensing operation.
Concerns were raised about the possibility of smuggling activities contributing to the incident, as those injured were reportedly involved in selling fuel for illicit purposes.
“They were selling fuel, apparently for smuggling out of the country, when there was a sudden explosion,” a source disclosed. “The fire destroyed part of the station before the Lagos Fire Service arrived. Those with serious injuries were taken to the hospital, while those with minor injuries were treated on-site.”
The injured victims were promptly rushed to the General Hospital in Badagry by Good Samaritans before the arrival of firefighting teams.
Mr. Isaac Dossa, the Station Head of the Badagry Fire Service, confirmed that his team received an emergency call about the incident at 1:15 a.m. and promptly dispatched a response team.
“We reached the scene at 1:25 a.m., and the fire was extinguished by 3:55 a.m. Most of the victims had already been taken to the General Hospital before our arrival,” Dossa stated.
The incident sheds light on the dangers associated with illegal fuel activities and the need for heightened vigilance to prevent such tragedies.
Fat Noble filling station, like many others, has become a hotspot for illegal fuel activities, with attendants involved in selling fuel outside the legal and regulated channels.
The consequences of these activities extend beyond the immediate danger of fires, posing environmental and economic risks.
The potential loss of life and property underscores the urgency for authorities to address the root causes and enforce stringent measures against those engaging in illegal fuel activities.
As the community grapples with the aftermath of the fire tragedy, questions arise about the adequacy of safety measures in place at fuel stations and the necessity for increased oversight to prevent such incidents.
The collaboration between emergency responders and local authorities, as seen in the swift response to this incident, highlights the crucial role of coordinated efforts in mitigating the impact of unforeseen disasters.
The Fat Noble filling station fire serves as a stark reminder of the risks associated with unregulated fuel activities and the imperative for collective action to ensure the safety and well-being of communities.
Authorities are urged to investigate the incident thoroughly, implement necessary safety measures, and take decisive actions to prevent the recurrence of similar tragedies in the future.
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