Another Explosion Hits Idimu Lagos, 35 Houses and 70 shops Burnt
Fire broke out at Idimu-Ejigbo axis of Lagos state when a tanker carrying about 33000 litres of petroleum product tumbled and spilled its content at about 1.00am this Saturday morning.
The fire resulted in heavy smoke that totally engulfed the area and spread across the petroleum pipe and in the twinkle of an eye, it had moved towards Ejigbo where there had been previous reports of pipe leakages for the past three years unabated.
In a swift response, fire service men from various units across the state were moving towards the area to quench the fire which had instantly become wild and almost uncontrollable due to the two different sources of oil.
The unfortunate incidence which is happening barely a week after the similar ocurrence in Iyana Ipaja razed about 35 houses and 70 shops according to reports. Fortunately, there were no casualties as residents were able to scamper for safety and even save some valuables while they still could.
On how the fire started, eye witnesses said the tanker skidded off its lane in a dangerous overtaking speed as it competed with a commercial bus driver. Meanwhile a “Suya” roaster was by the road where the tanker fell and immediately, his fire caught the spilled oil and fire broke out.
Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA) who are working on the site of the inferno told our correspondent that the driver of the tanker is on the run. One official said it has been the attitude of tanker and freight drivers to always flee whenever they have accidents with their vehicles.
While rescue operatives were fighting the fire and evacuating the wreckage of the tanker, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and his entourage arrived at the scene of the accident just as he did at Iyana Ipaja last monday to see for himself the havoc caused by the reckless tanker driver.
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