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Fire razes seven classrooms in Kano secondary school – The Eagle Online
An early morning fire outbreak on Monday destroyed seven classrooms at Badawa Secondary School in Kano.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, confirmed the incident in a statement in Kano.

He said the seven classrooms were razed at about 1:30am, adding that investigation revealed that the incident was as a result of suspected electric spark from one of the laboratory classes.
Nigeria  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
march 2019 by dchas
PUTTING AN END TO GAS EXPLOSIONS
Despite the recent warning by the Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA) on the need for stringent enforcement of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) standards in the country, the harvest of death continues as more and more Nigerians fall victims to gas explosions. In October of the year just ended, no fewer than 11 persons in Abuja suffered various degrees of burns from a gas explosion. A month earlier in Lafia, Nasarawa State, dozens were left dead with hundreds injured when a gas tanker exploded and started a blaze.

Three years ago there was a gas explosion when a chlorine cylinder exploded at the Plateau State Water Board treatment plant at Lamingo, Dogon Karfe, Jos South Local Government Area, leaving eight people dead, among them a pregnant woman and children. Dozens of others sustained varying degrees of injuries. Dr. Philemon Golwa, the Chief Medical Director of Plateau State Specialist Hospital, said that a leakage at the plant was responsible for the deaths as residents around the area inhaled the poisonous gas which enveloped the entire neighbourhood.
Nigeria  industrial  follow-up  environmental  gas_cylinders 
january 2019 by dchas
Fire razes Ondo factory, destroys N100m worth of products
CHEMICAL products and other valuables worth over N100 million were razed by an inferno in a company, Megadot Nigeria Limited, Akure, Ondo state capital.

The company, located within the premises of the state Trade Fair Complex, Akure, housed chemicals used for the production of paints, wood finishers and  thinner lacquer, among others.



Sunday Vanguard learnt that the fire incident started around 10pm on Friday as a result of alleged power surge.

An eye witness account, Kolawole Bello, said that high voltage from public power source  caused the inferno, adding that” the timely response of  Fire Service men saved the Trade  Fair Complex from burning”.

Bello said the inferno started from the chemical company before extending to other places.
Nigeria  industrial  fire  response  paints  solvent 
september 2018 by dchas
Kerosene explosion kills siblings, injures two others
Two siblings have died while two others sustained severe burns as a result of two kerosene explosions in Umuebe village, Ezzamgbo community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The incident occurred on Monday, but police have just confirmed it.
PREMIUM TIMES reliably gathered that the victims purchased the adulterated fuel from the same filling station at Ezzamgbo junction.
The explosions happened at two different locations in the area, it was learnt.
The names of the deceased children are Joy Ituma, six, and her four-year old brother, Joshua Ituma.
The two children and their uncle were rushed to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA) were they died.
Thirty four-year old Christiana Idenyi and 17-year old Uchenna Idoko, an uncle of the kids are the other two victims.
Mrs Idenyi, who said incident happened last Monday evening, lamented that the explosion occurred immediately she struck the matches to light her lantern. She said it gave her serious burns which affected her two legs.
“I went to the filling station and bought the kerosene. I poured it into the lamp immediately I returned. So, immediately I struck the matches, it exploded. As you can see, my legs, hands, and other parts of my body were burnt,” Mrs Idenyi narrated.
Nigeria  public  explosion  death  kerosene 
august 2018 by dchas
Chemical leakage: UNIOSUN students discharged from hospital
The last batch of students of the Osun State University, who collapsed and were hospitalised after inhaling poisonous leakage from a fire extinguisher inside a crowded lecture room, has been discharged from the hospital.

A student of the university told our correspondent on Monday, on condition of anonymity, that the last batch of students injured during the accident was discharged from the hospital on Sunday.

The student, however, appealed to the university authorities to ensure that lecture rooms were spacious enough to accommodate a large number of undergraduates.

The student said, “All the students that were admitted to the hospital because of the fire extinguisher accident have been discharged as of Sunday.

“I thank God that none of them died, but the university authorities have to make sure that students are no longer taught in crowded classrooms just to prevent this kind of incident. They should ensure that there are lecture rooms which can accommodate a large number of students conveniently in the interest of students and the lecturers.”

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Prof. Clement Adebooye, in a telephone interview with our correspondent, confirmed that the students were all discharged from the hospital.

Adebooye said, “All of them have been discharged. We thank God that nothing bad happened to any of them. They are all in a good condition now. The university acted promptly and we are happy that they are all alive and well.”

It would be recalled that students of the Anatomy/ Physiology Department were receiving a lecture inside a crowded lecture room when the fire extinguisher inside the classroom started to leak.

One of the students was said to have sat on the fire extinguisher and the safety valve was accidentally released when he stood up causing the leakage.

The leaked poisonous gas inhaled by the students caused many of them to slump and over 20 of the students, who became unconscious as a result of the leakage, were rushed to a hospital where they were treated and eventually discharged.
nigeria  laboratory  release  injuries  unknown_chemical 
january 2018 by dchas
Police, School Mgt Debunk UNIOSUN Gas Explosion Report
The Osun State Police Command and Management of Osun State University had denied the reported explosion which occurred on the Osogbo campus of the university on Wednesday.

Speaking at the command headquarters in Osogbo on Thursday, the State Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (academics) Professor Odunayo Adegboyega, debunked the report that true was an explosion in a science laboratory of the university claiming the lives of some students.

According to the CP Adeoye “what happened was not an explosion, one of the students carelessly released the safety pin of the fire extinguisher in one of the classes thereby releasing the carbon dioxide causing panic and some students who inhaled the substance got unconscious and were attended to.

“We deployed our anti-bomb squad to the scene after my personal visit and their findings corroborated what I just said.

The school management appealed to students, parents and all relevant stakeholders not to exercise any panic saying all the 27 students who sustained several degrees of injury have been treated and some of them with lesser injury discharged.
Nigeria  laboratory  release  injury  carbon_dioxide  fire_extinguisher 
january 2018 by dchas
Fire razes three science laboratories at CRUTECH
Mystery fire has razed down 3 Science laboratories belonging to the Faculty of Basic Medical Science in Okuku, Ogoja campus of the Cross River University of Science Technology CRUTECH.

National Mirror learnt that the incident occurred at the early hours of last Tuesday. The fire also affected Histology, Biochemistry and Physiology Departments of the school. The inferno is said to have disrupted academic activities and at the moment, carcases of the burnt equipment were seen littered all over the place of the once adoring laboratory. However, about 20 expended cylinders of fire extinguishers used by the university community to tackle the inferno were seen around littering around the building. Students of the institution were also seen milling around the area counting the huge loss their school had suffered due to the fire incidence while lamenting how the incident is going to hamper their academic pursuit.

According a fourth year student, Christopher Adie, the pathetic situation was capable of retarding the progress of the academic calendar adding that the incident was a bad omen for them. However, the Dean of the school, Dr Esebonu Ugochukwu put the value of the loss at several millions of Naira stressing that the labs gutted by fire were demonstration facilities for 1st year students describing the inferno as the worst in the history of the institution. As at the time of filing this report, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained but there were speculations that the fire may have broken out due to electricity fault from public power supply.

Dr Ugochukwu averred it was unfortunate that all efforts made by the university community to quench the fire was to no avail as the fire service station complained of lack of equipment. Assessing the disaster, the DG SEMA Mr John Inaku described the disaster as very unfortunate and assured of govt intervention. However, the Vice Chancellor of the institution Prof. Anthony Owan who was contacted on phone via a text message to react on the issue, said that he is yet to lay fingers on the necessary details and as such he cannot comment on anything for now. His words; “I will be in Okuku on Monday to find out the true situation. I cannot place my fingers on anything at the moment. You will be contacted as soon as the facts becomes clear” The institution Vice Chancellor maintained.
Nigeria  laboratory  fire  response  fire_extinguisher  gas_cylinders 
february 2016 by dchas
Jang Cautions Plateau Water Board
The Immediate past Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah David Jang, has cautioned the personnel of the Plateau State Water Board to take Pre- cautionary measures in the way they dispose Chlorine Cylinder used for water treatment at the Lamingo plant.

Jang's warning came on the heels of the last Saturday's chemical explosion at Lamingo plant where no fewer than 14 persons died leaving over hundred people severely injured.

Senator Jang who was at Plateau Specialist hospital to commiserate with the victims of the accident at the weekend, cautioned the workers of the Water Board to find a way of handling their empty gas cylinders so that they are not just left carelessly.

According to him, "Maybe somebody didn't know what it was and just went and pull the nozzle out. Now look at what it has caused. So, the Water Board should have been more careful in the way they handle empty gas cylinders and cylinders that carry such dangerous liquids.

"We were hoping as a matter of time before I left government to stop using that kind of gas within the Water Board.
Nigeria  public  follow-up  death  chlorine  gas_cylinders  water_treatment 
august 2015 by dchas
Five feared dead after fuel-tanker fire in Nigerian town
Officials say two killed -locals say more -after fuel-tanker catches fire in Nigeria’s north-central Niger State

LAGOS, Nigeria – At least five people were reportedly killed late Friday — and several houses burnt down — when a fuel-tanker caught fire in a commercial district of the town of Kagara in Nigeria’s north-central Niger State.

“Five people died, including two children. Rescue workers have, however, since managed to put out the fire,” Adamu Umaru, a resident of the town close to the where the incident took place, told AA.

Nigeria’s official relief agency, meanwhile, confirmed the fire but said only two people had died.

“Two children… died in the inferno. They were locked up in the shops and so died there, while four people were treated for injuries,” Slaku Lugard, coordinator for Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency in central Nigeria, told Anadolu Agency.

Lugard added that 22 shops and “several” homes had been damaged in Kagara — a town in Niger State’s Rafi local government area — by the fire.

And on Saturday morning, a chemical explosion at a water-treatment plant in the central Nigerian town of Jos reportedly killed five people, according to a police spokesman.
Nigeria  transportation  explosion  death  unknown_chemical 
july 2015 by dchas
Gas Explosion Hits Water Treatment Plant in Jos
A chemical explosion which occurred at the Lamingo Dam treatment plant of the Plateau State Water Board on Saturday in Jos has claimed the lives of no fewer than five people and 50 others injured.

He said a number of persons had been injured in the explosion and were presently receiving treatment at the Plateau Specialist Hospital.

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed. “Water from the public mains is safe for consumption and is not affected in anyway”.

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong sympathized with the families of the eight victims and wished the 101 survivors who were being treated in the hospital a speedy recovery, according to the statement.

Government said some of the victims have been discharged.

A source at the Water Board disclosed that the incident followed a chlorine burst at the plant.

“We thought it was an attack from terrorists and so I opened the door to our room and started running”. I eventually survived, but my friend, Ifeoma, who ran towards the water treatment plant from where the gas exploded, did not survive. He commended the state government for promising to pay the medical bills of those hospitalised.
Nigeria  industrial  explosion  death  water_treatment 
july 2015 by dchas
The Sun NewsChemical explosion rocks Ondo, kills 3, injures 10
Three people including a grandmother and her grandson lost their lives while 10 others were seriously injured in the early hours of yesterday following an explosion that occurred from the facility of the Ondo State Water Corporation in Araromi Obu, Odigbo Local Government Area of the state.

The victims were said to have died of contaminated chemicals they inhaled from one of the cylinders of the corporation that burst at about 11.30 pm on Tuesday.It was gathered that the community located in the far end of the local govern-ment was thrown into pandemonium upon hearing the boom that came from the premises of the water corporation located along Oke Otunba street in the town.
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It was however gat-ered that when the of.cials of the water corporation got to the premises in the morning, it was discovered that one of the cylinders containing some chemicals being used for puri.cation of water got burst forcefully and the content in-.icted health hazard on the people.However, the state government was said to have sent medical personnel to the town to be able to give health assistance to the people.
Nigeria  public  explosion  death  gas_cylinders  water_treatment 
november 2013 by dchas
Chemical emission renders 22 pupils unconscious in Lagos
Teachers and students of Ogba Junior Grammar School  in Lagos, were, on Thursday afternoon, hospitalised after reportedly inhaling suspected toxic chemical.
Four people, who are workers at a nearby  laboratory have been arrested in connection with the incident .
About 22 of the pupils and two teachers who were  affected by the chemical were  rushed to a nearby specialist hospital.
The Nigerian Tribune gathered that though the immediate cause of the  incident  was yet to be ascertained, there were concerns over  suspected expired chemicals used by a laboratory in the area.
An eye witness, Idris , told the Nigerian Tribune that people tried to force their way into Ogba Shopping Arcade, where the laboratory was situated, but were prevented by policemen from Area G Police command.
The image maker in charge of the state police, command, Ngozi Braide, while speaking with the Nigerian Tribune, said that four of the students were, as at Thursday evening, still being treated at the hospital.
The director of the  Lagos State Fire and Emergency Service, Razaq Fadipe, also confirmed the incident  to the Nigerian Tribune  and linked it to the chemical laboratory at the shopping complex.
The Lagos Fire Service boss said, “On getting to the school, 22 students were unconscious. LASAMBUS was able to revive most of them and their parents took them home.
“Four were unwell and were taken to Blue Cross Hospital. We were able to trace the odour to the complex which shares a fence with the school.
“We spotted the laboratory where the smell was coming from and the place has been cordoned off. Investigation is still on.”
He said that the  affected students became weak with some of them falling down  before an alarm was raised by teachers and students in the school.
The incident , which reportedly happened around noon, when the students were on break causedconfusion in the whole of Ogba.
She also confirmed that four people had been arrested and would be transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department PAnti,  Yaba for onward investigation.
Nigeria  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
november 2013 by dchas
allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Fire Destroys Unibuja Chemistry Laboratory
A fire incident at the University of Abuja has destroyed the laboratory of the department of Chemistry at the mini-campus.

The fire which started Saturday midnight raged on until Sunday morning and efforts by some university staff and men of the fire fighting division from Gwagwalada to put out the inferno failed.

The presence of highly inflammable materials in the laboratory worsen the situation and as a result, the fire reduced the entire fittings and roofing of the building to rubble resulting in the loss of equipment and chemical worth millions of naira.

A statement from the Deputy Registrar Information Waziri Garba said the Vice-chancellor Professor James Adelabu has set up a seven-man committee to probe the fire incident and that of the male hostel which happened earlier on February, 18.
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Other terms of reference of the committee are: to determine the extent of damage in the two incidents, establish whether or not there were security lapses in the two incidents, suggest measures to be taken to rehabilitate the laboratory facility and the room in the hostel, recommend immediate measures to be taken to provide a temporary facility to serve as a Chemistry laboratory, recommend measures on how to forestall future occurrences, and any other relevant matter.
Nigeria  laboratory  fire  response  flammables 
march 2013 by dchas
The Nation - Millions gone as fire razes Ibadan market
TRADERS at the popular Labawo Market, Ogunpa, Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State were in tears yesterday. Their warepoints, including four buildings and 50 stalls were ravaged by fire.
Gone in the dawn inferno were properties estimated at several millions of naira.
However, there was no life lost in the fire that erased the means of livelihood of many 
The market, reputed for all sorts of chemicals, leather and building materials, is situated in Ibadan Northwest Local Government Area of the state. 
The fire, which began at about 9am, gutted four houses, including three bungalows and a storey building.
Nigeria  public  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
september 2012 by dchas
Explosion in Lekki
A tanker conveying cylinders filled with inflammable chemical exploded on the Lekki-Epe Expressway in the Shango- Tedo area of Lagos Friday morning.

An eyewitness alleged that a woman might have been killed in the explosion.

The fire service appears to have been prompt on the scene but there is no confirmation on casualties even though eye-witnesses confirm deaths.

Traffic was at a standstill.
Nigeria  transportation  explosion  death  flammables  gas_cylinders 
may 2012 by dchas
Sciences Building at University of Lagos Burns
The three-story Faculty of Sciences building of the University of Lagos went up in flames in the early hours of Tuesday morning, destroying the Mathematics and Physics departments on the second and third floors, media reports confirmed.

No lives were lost in the fire incident, which started at about 6 a.m., but academic materials, furnishings and personal belongings were lost in the fire.

Fire fighters from UNILAG’s Fire Service, the Federal Fire Service, Lagos State Fire Service and the Union Bank of Nigeria Fire and Rescue Unit combated the fire and put it out at about 9:55 a.m.

Students and lecturers were seen at the fire site desperately trying to salvage their documents and belongings from being destroyed by the fire.
Nigeria  laboratory  fire  response 
march 2012 by dchas
Fire guts hospital lab in Gombe
The medical laboratory section of Kaltungo General Hospital in Gombe State was on Thursday razed down by an inferno.
 Speaking at the scene of incident on Friday, Principal Medical Officer(PNO) of the hospital, Dr. Joseph Mathew said the fire started around 9:00pm on Thursday and was immediately reported to the fire service office in Kaltungo. 
“There were series of explosion in the laboratory and unfortunately before we arrived the damage has been done and only few things were recovered,” he lamented.
 He explained that the inferno was caused by a kerosene refrigerator donated to the hospital two years ago by a Non-governmental organization.
 The PNO said the Emir of Kaltungo, Chairman and other important personalities were at the scene trying to put off the inferno.
 Some of the items destroyed are chemistry analyzer, CD4 machine, freezers, desktop computers and blood mixer incubator among other equipments.
Nigeria  laboratory  fire  response  kerosene 
february 2012 by dchas
Jos explosion not a bomb
The Commissioner of Police for the Plateau State Command, Abdulramman Akano, has refuted reports of last night’s bomb explosion in Barkin Ladi. At around 11.30pm yesterday, an explosion which was thought to be a bomb rocked Barkin Ladi, a town on the outskirts of Jos. Initial reports suggested that a person, thought to be the carrier of the bomb had died in the explosion before he could reach his target. Mr. Akano, however insists journalists got it wrong. According to him the explosion took place in a laboratory in a secondary school when a chemistry teacher at the Islamic Orientation Secondary School was conducting an experiment with his students.

He said the teacher, Abubakar Musa, did not die, but was hurt and is being treated in a hospital. The commissioner also said the explosion occurred at around 4 in the afternoon rather than late at night as reported by media outlets.

Details of happenings in Jos remain very sketchy as movement is still patchy. Residents remain apprehensive and there is very little in the way of public transport, forcing even those who want to move around to stay indoors.
nigeria  laboratory  explosion  injuries 
december 2010 by dchas
» Pipeline explosion in Lagos - Vanguard (Nigeria)
What would have been a major disaster, few days to Christmas was averted  by the combined efforts of  fire service men,members of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps, NDSC, the police and staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, when an explosion occured  along the NNPC pipelines around Isheri Olofin in the Egbe-Idimu Local Council Development Area.
The explosion, on Thursday, though didn’t affect the pipelines of NNPC, occured about 150 meters away in a swampy area and  was caused by bush burning by  neighbouring farmers. According to eye witnesses, pipelines vandals had channeled their pipes from the NNPC pipeline into the swampy area and so  the bush burning only aided the explosion.
Calistus Ukachukwu, an official of Red Cross, corroborated the claim, saying that the explosion was caused by bush burning but added that if the vandals hadn’t chenneled the pipe from the NNPC pipelines, the explosion would not have occured.
nigeria  explosion  transportation  petroleum  response 
december 2010 by dchas
Nigeria: Explosion - No Life Lost
Kaduna — The National Emergency Agency (NEMA) yesterday denied reports that two persons died and over 300 hospitalised in the gas cylinder explosion which occurred in Kakuri Industrial Area of Kaduna State. The agency said no life was lost and that it successfully brought the situation under control after much effort. It said the explosion led to the hospitalisation of over 300, people mostly women and children.


However, the Kaduna State government has ordered a thorough investigation of the immediate and remote causes of the explosion. This was directed by Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa.

The North-West Zone Co-ordinator of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Suleiman, told LEADERSHIP the circumstances surrounding the explosion.

He said, "No single life was lost in the explosion, and I am glad to inform you that we have overcome the situation. We realised that it was concentrated chlorine that became poisonous to the people of the area and we used about five tankers of water to dilute it and make it weak and remove the substance that became hazardous.
nigeria  explosion  chlorine  injuries  industrial 
june 2010 by dchas

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