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Ascon Oil Releases Statement on Lekki Fire | States “No Life Lost, Fire Contained”

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Ascon Oil on Thursday released a statement on the fire that occurred at the Ascon Petrol Station in Lekki Phase 1 today.

The statement titled, Ascon Oil Fire Outbreak: No Life Lost, Fire Contained, was released via the company’s Facebook page:

The fire incident at ASCON OIL filling station at Lekki Phase 1 this afternoon has been contained. Contrary to earlier speculations, the main building and the reservoirs are unaffected. The incident emanated from a discharge at the point of offloading product from a tanker, engulfing two tankers and some vehicles parked by the road side.

It was an accident compounded by the current fuel scarcity in the country with ASCON OIL being one of the few stations with a reliable steady supply even in times of scarcity. No life was lost to the incident, the pumps are intact and emergency fire service officers were already on site containing the flames as at the time of this report.

ASCON OIL wishes to reaffirm its commitment to serving its customers even in the face of accidents of this nature for which a company of its pedigree is always prepared. Residents and passers-by showed solidarity with the company as they contributed in no small way to contain the flames.

8 Comments

  1. wagamama

    March 26, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Too many incidents in one day. Are these just coincidences? or a plot to destabilise naija?

    Where do i run to?

    I left abuja for lasgidi thinking i’ll be safer…..

    I can’t go back to abuja cos we all know how unsteady the north can be during election…..

    My Lasgidi be having issues mann…… fires, accidents, robberies, clashes, fights…..

    Cousins be telling me nnewi has been infiltrated by the army…… saw pictures….. we all know how thats going to turn out!

    Last minute ticket booking for 8 adults 3 kids is out of the question…… prices be giving me a migraine! + we don’t want to jump from frying pan to fire…..

    How stable is Ghana right now? Might just catch a ride out!

  2. Fols

    March 27, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Rubbish statement! Nowhere did they apologize for putting lives and property at risk or for the discomfort and anxiety experienced by residents and business in the area. What of those whose cars were burnt? No sound of remorse. They sound like “it wasn’t that bad” and “we had it all under control”, but the truth is, if all safety procedures were properly followed during the product discharge, there is no way this fire would have happened. This is the work I do, so I know this for a fact. They are responsible for endangering lives and property and should own up. I repeat, rubbish statement!

    • Blessmyheart

      March 27, 2015 at 10:57 am

      My first thought was to thank God no life was lost but then I see your point. Things could have gone much worse so they shouldn’t be let off the hook for non-adherence to safety procedures. I doubt everything ends with the statement though. There are procedures for reporting and investigating such accidents and it affects their safety record which in turn has an impact on the business.

    • Beezy

      March 27, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Yes, no lives were lost but people were injured. Three people were burnt trying to out the fire out. No apology, no thanks; callous!

      pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/26/petrol-tanker-fire-injures-3-burns-10-vehicles-in-lekki/

    • Beezy

      March 27, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Totally with you. They are even capitalizing on the issue to promote themselves with “ASCON OIL being one of the few stations with a reliable steady supply even in times of scarcity.”

      I feel they are negligent and they should be ashamed of themselves actually. You never hear of such incidents with Total or Oando. Flames while discharging? Unacceptable.

  3. chidi egesionu

    March 27, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Wow!!

  4. Beezy

    March 27, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Food for thought.

    This fire also happened a stone throw away from Jimi Agbaje’s campaign office. (as did the Lekki/ikoyi robbery)

    He better start fasting and praying… Lol

  5. Cece

    March 27, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    This filling station should be closed down if we really have justice in our society. Its illegal for a filling statin to be in an estate. What if the neighbouring houses were affected. A businessis not all about making money. The company should be seen to be socially responsible with a genuine care for its stakeholders in the society and by stakeholders i mean everyone affected by its business operations.

    Its no wonder that Lawyers are not well paid in Nigeria. Clients know the Legal System has been corrupted and some would rather bribe their way through.. Good Lawyers are not appreciated and the honest ones end up losing out in genuine cases.

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