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Lagos port blast and fire injures four

11 January 2013

An oil depot in the port area of the Nigerian city of Lagos has been hit by a major explosion and fire. The blast, which shook buildings in the Apapa area, happened during a transfer of fuel from a barge, the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) said. 

“There was a ship that was trying to discharge into an oil tank owned by MRS and there was a fire, but I don’t yet have any details as to what led to the fire,” said Ibrahim Farinloye of NEMA.

Firefighters extinguished the fire within hours and four people were wounded in the blast, according to the AFP news agency.

The oil depot at Tin Can Island port where the explosion occurred is owned by MRS Oil.

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