A fire tragedy at the High Commission of Canada in Nigeria, situated in Abuja’s Central Business District, has resulted in the loss of two lives and severe injuries to two other individuals who are currently receiving treatment.
The Head of Operations of the FCT Fire Service, Amiola Adebayo, confirmed the incident during a phone interview, stating that two individuals tragically lost their lives, while approximately three to four other victims were promptly transported to hospitals for medical care.
The Head of Public Affairs at the FCT Emergency Management Agency, Nkechi Isa, stated that a diesel explosion within the generator house of the Canadian Embassy triggered the fire incident. This explosion resulted in the fatalities of two individuals, with two others suffering from severe burns and being rushed to the Trauma Centre of the National Hospital in Abuja.
The incident took place when a team from a JMD company was servicing the Mikano generators used by the Embassy. The explosion occurred when a diesel tank in the generator house, containing 2000 litres of diesel, suddenly burst.
The FCT Fire Service managed to contain the fire around 12:30 p.m. The victims involved in this tragic incident were identified as Nigerian citizens.
In response to the event, the Acting Director General of FEMA, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim Sabo, emphasised the importance of exercising caution in handling petroleum products, especially with the dry season approaching.
Numerous emergency response teams, including those from the Ministry of Defence Ship House, the Abuja Federal Fire Service, and the FCT Emergency Management Agency, were present at the scene. Eyewitnesses recounted that the force of the explosion had ejected the deceased victims from the generator house, while another managed to escape through the roof.