Another gas tanker explosion has occurred again recalling the gas tanker that crash along Abuja/Lokoja on the 23rd September 2020 road killing about 23 persons. A similar incident has also occurred at the Ifako-Ijaye area of Lagos on Thursday, September 24, 2020, with at least 48 people sustaining burn injuries.
Fire Fighters Magazine confirm that, the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, said efforts are being made to curtail the spread of the fire by the combine team of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services and the LASEMA officials. “The Agency has activated its response plan to the fire incident at Cele Bus Stop, Ifako-Ijaye local government area and will provide further updates, Lagosians are kindly urged to exercise calm.’’ Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, advice as at the time of filling this report.
According to a statement issued from LASEMA, reveal that an unidentified truck conveying gasoline had a lone accident and exploded.
It said that the impact of the explosion led to a tumultuous fire outbreak on adjoining buildings with leaving several vehicles burnt. It also pointed out that several persons were injured and have been taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.
The LASEMA’s Director of Operations, Engr Olatunde Akinsanya while speaking to reporters at the site of the explosion, disclosed that about 16 persons have been confirmed to be critically injured and taken to the Iju Water Works clinic for treatment.
Akinsanya further confirmed that the gas tanker explosion took place at about 2:30 pm and had several buildings and cars destroyed by its impact.
An eye witness on anonymity gathered that the tanker was supposed to offload its content at a gas station, but the station’s owner reportedly refused to allow him because the seal where the product was loaded had been broken, indicating that the content had been tampered with.
Enraged by the refusal of the station manager to offload the content in his tanker, the driver moved out of the premises.
A few meters away from the gas station, the front tire of the tanker burst and the gearbox struck the ground causing a spark which led to an ignition and later exploded when it came in contact with gas that was leaking from the tanker. The vehicle then ended in a ditch, where a second explosion erupted.
It was also disclosed that the second explosion sent the tanker flying and destroying buildings on its path, including a church.