A fuel dump owned and operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, close to its corporate headquarters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, was gutted by fire on Tuesday.
Witnesses told journalists at the scene that the fire started at about 10:40 a.m. No life was lost to the inferno before it was put off by firemen from FAAN.
The witnesses said that the fire, which lasted for about 10 minutes, broke out while some workers were working at the dump site.
They said workers in offices around the scene also brought out their fire extinguishers to assist in extinguishing the fire before the fire tenders came with their firefighting equipment.
One of the workers, who spoke anonymously, disclosed that some jerrycans filled with diesel were stored in the dump .
He said he did not know what happened but they suddenly say flames coming out from the fuel dump.
“Nobody can explain what really happened; all we know is that we were working and all of a sudden, we saw the place going up in flames and we started shouting for help.”
The General Manager, Corporate Communications of FAAN, Yakubu Dati, who was also at the scene, told journalists that the fire was put off on time by the men of the fire services.
“You were there when we commissioned the fire trucks and you can see how fast those firemen showed up to put off this fire, ” he said.