Fire in Conveyor Area Damages Nigerian Milk Powder Plant

January 6, 2017

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Fire in Conveyor Area Damages Nigerian Milk Powder Plant
A GoogleMaps satellite view of the FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC factory in Lagos, Nigeria.

An electrical malfunction in a section of a Nigerian milk powder processing plant housing conveyor equipment briefly caused a fire and evacuation on Friday, several local news sources reported.

The fire at the FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC milk powder processing plant in Lagos, Nigeria occurred at about 1:10 p.m. and was contained about 40 minutes later, Nigerian newspaper BUSINESSDAY reported.

Ore Famurewa, the company’s corporate affairs director, told BUSINESSDAY in a statement that the fire was “caused by an electrical malfunction in the conveyor section.” The newspaper reported that no casualties were reported as a result of the incident, but employees were evacuated from the facility for their safety. A conveyor that carries empty cans to a filling room in a section of the facility that produces condensed milk was impacted by the fire, according to BUSINESSDAY.

The official told the newspaper that operations at the plant were not hindered by the incident, and thanked the Lagos State Fire Service, FCWAMCO Safety Team, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria fire team, Guinness Nigeria and others who responded assist in combating the fire.

The facility processes milk powder imported from the Netherlands and sells evaporated milk and powder under the Peak brand name, according to the company’s website. FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria is a venture between Dutch firm Royal FrieslandCampina and Nigerian partners. 

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