A fire outbreak that lasted for about three hours on Tuesday morning disrupted banking services at the head office of Ecobank Nigeria Ltd. on Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos.
It was reported that the fire started at 8:40am when a tanker was discharging diesel into the bank’s fuel dump. Employees of some commercial banks around Ecobank were seen by eyewitness using their fire extinguishers to control the fire before the arrival of officials of the Federal Fire Service.
Confirming the incident, the management of Ecobank Nigeria explained that there was no loss of life in the fire outbreak at its headquarters, pointing out that the fire only affected the diesel tanker and the generator house.
The statement issued by Charles Kie, Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, clarified that the bank’s Data Centre was not affected and that business at the Head Office rapidly returned to normal.
According to the statement, “There was a fire incident this morning in the compound of Ecobank’s Lagos head office when a tanker delivering diesel to the Bank caught fire. The fire was contained within the generator house and the diesel truck and there was no loss of life or damage to any other property.
“The Lagos State Fire Service, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Response Unit and the Federal Fire Service arrived quickly and put out the fire.
“We commend the fire service personnel for their diligence, expertise and bravery in dealing with this incident. We sincerely thank Fidelity Bank Plc, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Julius Berger Nigeria and NAPIMS for providing much-needed support and we also express our sincere appreciation to the general public and all well-wishers.”
The bank further assured everyone that its building and all its other facilities were unaffected, saying that the bank successfully triggered its business continuity plan and that normal banking activities had continued.