Fire Still Rages at Site of Nigerian Pipeline Blaze
A fire was still raging Saturday at a site where a fuel pipeline exploded, killing around 60 people outside the main port in Nigeria's economic capital, Lagos.
A thick column of smoke could be seen overlooking the entrance to Lagos harbor, rising above the Atlas Cove site of Thursday's disaster.
The chairman of the state-run PPMC, the fuel marketing arm of the state oil company which operates the pipeline, had told reporters Friday he expected the fire to be out by the end of the day.
Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu on Friday ordered a judicial inquiry into a deadly blaze as exhausted fire-fighters battled to extinguish the flames.
Tinubu said it was important to know exactly why the fire had erupted in the fractured pipeline early Thursday.
He told reporters the pipeline was at least 23 years old and in a bad state of repair and said the PPMC should review the maintenance of all its pipelines in Lagos State.
The pipeline blaze is the latest in a series of similar disasters to hit Nigeria in the past two years.
Just over two years ago, 1,082 people died when a pipeline blew up at Jesse, near Warri in southern Nigeria. In July, more than 300 died in new blazes near Warri -- LAGOS (AFP)
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