Houses Razed, Vehicles Burnt as Gas Tanker Explodes in Lagos

Houses Razed, Vehicles Burnt as Gas Tanker Explodes in Lagos

  • A serious tragedy was recorded in the Mobolaji Bank Anthony area of Ikeja in Lagos on Thursday, June 17
  • The disaster occurred after a gas tanker on motion exploded into large flames, injuring pedestrians
  • The fire also razed a lot of buildings and vehicles parked in a car park not far from the scene of the explosion

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Lagos - Massive inferno from a gas tanker explosion along Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja in Lagos, burnt a lot of vehicles on Thursday, June 17.

Eyewitnesses who spoke with The Nation claimed that flames from the explosion were wind-borne to parts of the Ogun State Property Investment Company (OPIC) Plaza near a well-known hotel.

LASEMA officers putting out flames from a petrol tanker
The inferno, according to responders, affected building in the hotel (Photo: LASEMA Response Unit)
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However, The Cable reported that with the help of Lagos fire service personnel and officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the fire was quenched about two hours after the explosion.

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Persons who incurred various degrees of burns were taken to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and Burns Centre, General Hospital Gbagada.

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LASEMA's director-general, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirming the incident, said:

“The fire spread to Opic plaza and affected the building and vehicles parked at the car park. Efforts to put out the fire are ongoing. All the first responders are on the ground."

Lagos government shuts Airport Bridge following tanker explosion

Meanwhile, the Lagos state government temporarily closed the Airport Bridge at Toyota on Oshodi/Isolo Expressway following a tanker explosion that occurred on the road.

The government said the decision was carried out in order to conduct integrity tests on the bridge to determine if it was safe for vehicular traffic.

The commissioner for transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, announced the road closure in a statement Sunday, January 10.

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He said:

“The bridge, therefore, has to be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic movement to enable the state government to conduct structural tests on the bridge."

The commissioner also announced alternative routes for use by motorists pending the outcome of the tests and the reopening of the bridge.


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