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Access Bank commends firemen, others for controlling morning fire at V.I. branch


Access Bank PLC on Wednesday commended the  Federal Fire Service and Lagos State Fire Service for their support in controlling a fire outbreak that occurred at its branch at Adetokunbo Ademola, in Victoria Island, Lagos earlier in the day.

It also thanked Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), Chevron Nigeria Ltd, United Bank for Africa (UBA) PLC, and Union Bank PLC for their support in the exercise.

The Group Head, Corporate Communications, Mr. Amaechi Okobi, who commended the organizations in a statement, said that there were no casualties in the incident.

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The bank in a message on its tweeter handle shed more light on the incident, saying the cause of the fire was a diesel truck discharging fuel.

Okobi, in his statement, however, said that investigations were on to determine the immediate cause of the fire outbreak.

He said that upon completion, the Bank would establish updated protocols to avoid a recurrence of similar incidents.

The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), had earlier said that the fire accident happened while a truck was dispensing fuel for the use of generators in the bank.
According to him, on arrival at the incident scene, it was observed that a fully loaded 33,000 liters Diesel tanker registration Number AKD 637 XP  and a Car stationed beside it AKD 234 FA were completely ravaged by fire.
Oke-Osanyintolu said that investigation conducted at the scene had revealed that the tanker was dispensing fuel for the use of generators in the bank premises and inadvertently caught fire at about 10:26 a.m.
He said that combined intervention of the emergency responders of LASEMA Response Team, Eko Hotel, LASG fire, UBA Fire Service and Federal fire service are able to arrest the fire and stop it from escalating further in the premises