Lagos govt warns motorists against petrol storage as fire razes 78 buildings

Rasak Fadipe

In the light of the scarcity of fuel being experienced in recent time, the Lagos State Fire Service has warned the general public particularly motorists to desist from the act of indiscriminate storage of the Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol) at inappropriate places.

The State Fire Chief, Mr. Rasak Fadipe gave this warning while revealing that the state has recorded a total number of 78 emergency calls in the first 13 days of March, 2016 alone.

Fadipe noted that since the advent of the artificial fuel scarcity some people have devised various illegal means of storing the product such as back of their vehicles, under the staircase at home or within the premise of their working places.

All these, according to him, are factors responsible for the increase in the number of fire outbreaks which has led to mass destruction of lives and properties being witnessed recently in the state.

Fadipe said that the state government places high premium on safety of lives and properties of the citizenries, therefore the non-challant attitude of the public to basic safety of lives and property(s) is of great concern to the Government.


While giving the breakdown that a total number of 355 emergency calls were effectively responded to between January to February of this year, the figure according to Fadipe is worrisome as the agency has extended its safety enlightenment campaign to all local government areas, hospitals, schools all in the effort aimed at curbing the tide of incident managements associated with fire outbreaks.

According to Fadipe, when fire outbreak is spotted, especially in this period, such should be quickly reported to the Fire Service for prompt action on Toll free nos. 767 or 112 as well as the Fire Service direct line 08033235891.

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