The management of MRS Oil Services denied a team of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, entry into their facility after multiple explosions rocked the depot on Wednesday.
The explosions, which began at about 11 a.m., and the resulting inferno were contained within one hour, according to fire fighting officials.
About six officials of LASEMA, who arrived at the depot three hours after the explosion and when the fire had been put out, were stopped at the gate and refused entry.
After repeated requests to the MRS security officers to allow them gain access into premises failed; the officials returned to their vehicle and drove away.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, whose officers arrived earlier, said that shrapnel from the explosion injured 4 workers who were in the premises.
“The explosion was not from the (barge) carrying thousands of PMS (Premium Motor Spirit) but from the attached appliances on the rooftop of the (barge) which was discharging PMS into the tank farm,” said Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA South-West Spokesperson.
“The combined team of Federal Fire Services, MRS, State, Folawiyo, and others with 12 fire fighting trucks put out the fire after one hour,” Mr. Farinloye added.