The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said in Lagos that vessel carrying petrol exploded at the Atlas Cove at about 7a.m on Wednesday.
The Public Relations Officer of NEMA in the South West, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the explosion to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone.
Farinloye said rescue operations were ongoing and that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and other specialised agencies were also being mobilised to the high sea.
NEMA spokesperson in the South West, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye discountenanced earlier reports that a vessel carrying petrol exploded at the Atlas Cove jetty in Apapa area of Lagos, saying the fire came from a pipeline explosion caused by oil thieves at Akinbo jetty.
He said his crew members have now put out the fire and recovered 200 jerry cans in three boats completely razed by the fire.