A section of the head office of Ecobank located on Ahmadu Bello way, Victoria Island, Lagos yesterday went up in flames destroying the electricity generator house of the bank.
Our correspondent learnt that the fire which started at around 8.40 am on Tuesday morning lasted for about three hours before it was put out by the Lagos Fire Service.
Eyewitness accounts reported that the bank’s diesel tanker supplier was offloading diesel for the company when it caught fire while the generating set was still on.
They said the fire engulfed the bank’s generator house missing the glass house head office building by a few meters, saying there was no loss of life and the fire was contained within the area of the generator house.
The bank in a statement issued by the management said the fire started “when a tanker delivering diesel to the bank caught fire. The fire was contained within the generator house and the diesel truck and there was no loss of life or damage to any other property.
Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Charles Kie, commended the fire service personnel for their diligence, expertise and bravery in dealing with the fire incident.
Confirming the inferno. LASEMA General Manager Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu said , ” The Agency received a distress call at about 8.54 am today 31st July, 2018, through the emergency toll free line 112/767 concerning a fire outbreak in the premises of Eco Bank,Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
“The Agency and its responders mobilized to the incident scene immediately. Upon arrival at the scene of incident it was discovered that a 33,000 Litres tanker laden with diesel (AGO) while transloading its content cut fire around the Generator house within the Bank’s premises.”
He said the immediate cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, saying investigation is being conducted to ascertain the actual cause of the inferno.
According to him”, the Emergency Responders which includes Lagos State fire Service , LASEMA Response Unit Fire Unit, Federal Fire Service, UBA Fire Service Julius Berger Fire service, NNPC Fire Service were all on ground and combatted the inferno, thereby preventing it from escalating to adjoining building.
“No casualties nor loss of life was recorded as the inferno was completely brought under control.The main structure within the bank premises was also not affected.’’
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