A massive explosion and fire reportedly hit Tin Can Island port in Apapa area this morning causing commotion in the area. The oil vessel involved which belongs to MRS Petroleum caught fire when fuel was being unloaded at a jetty.
An official of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed the incidence saying that a fuel tanker caught fire after exploding at Apapa Seaport of Lagos.
“There was a ship that was trying to discharge into an oil tank owned by (Nigerian firm) MRS and there was a fire, but I don’t yet have any details as to what led to the fire,” said Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency.
“We are trying to isolate the ship so that we can quench the fire.”
According to him, four people were wounded and that the explosion appeared to come from a ship.
The explosion caused many people in the area to panic as buildings shook and a thick cloud of smoke rose into the air. Businesses in the area, particularly affected buildings, have closed shop to avoid causalities as fire fighters battle the fire.
The Apapa Seaport at Tin Can Island includes jetties where fuel importers unload petroleum products.
We hope this series of fire incidents end soon.