Nigerian Breweries said the early morning fire at its Lagos Plant in Iganmu, Lagos has been contained.
The firm, Nigeria’s leading brewers said in a tweet at about noon that the fire only affected bottles and crates.”
The fire outbreak at Lagos Plant of NB contained. No injuries or casualties. Only empty bottles/crates impacted. Operations not disrupted.
— Nigerian Breweries (@NBPLC) December 25, 2016
According to Rasak Fadipe, Director of the Lagos State Fire Services, his agency discovered the fire around 5:25 a.m.
“We discovered it on our own, it was not as if they placed a call to us, we saw the thing billowing in the sky and that was how we responded,” Mr. Fadipe told PREMIUM TIMES.
“On arrival, we discovered that the fire covered about three acres of open land, where finished products and empty cartons were stacked.
“It was very massive, the bottles and the crates were dissolving as we were attacking the fire. There were some sporadic explosions as well, that gave us another problem but we quickly got it under control.
“But as at now we are on top of it; we had to break the back of the breweries’ building and fight from there because the fire was initially spreading to the railway line.”
Seven fire trucks from the Lagos State Fire and Safety Services, three fire trucks from Julius Berger, and officials of both the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and the National Emergency Management Agency were on ground to tackle the inferno.
Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA south-west spokesperson, also told PREMIUM TIMES that no casualties were recorded after the fire was put out.
Nigerian Breweries, majority owned by Heinekens, is the largest producer of beer in Nigeria.