The Canadian Embassy in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, in the early hours of Monday, guts fire leaving two persons dead and two critically hospitalized at the National Hospital Trauma Centre.
Head of Public Affairs of the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Nkechi Isa, in a statement, said “A diesel tank explosion in the generator house at the Canadian Embassy in the Federal Capital Territory has left two persons dead and two hospitalized at the National Hospital Trauma Centre with severe burns”
According to the statement, “The incident happened at about 10:45 a.m. today. Reports say the two MIKANO engines were being serviced by a five-man team from JMD company. One of the power-generating sets was said to be working, while the other one was being serviced.
“The fire occurred when the tank of diesel in the generator house, containing 2000 liters exploded. Two of the personnel servicing the generator were fatally injured and two persons survived and are on admission at the National hospital trauma centre with severe burns.
“The FCT Fire Service was able to contain the fire around 12.30 p.m. The victims were Nigerians. Ambulances from the Ministry of defense ship house, Abuja
“Federal Fire Service ambulance and FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were on hand at the scene of the incident.
“Reacting to the incident, the Acting Director General of FEMA, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim Sabo called for caution in the handling of petroleum products, particularly with the onset of the dry season.
“Sabo appealed to residents to always use the 112 emergency toll-free number in the event of a disaster.”