- A Nigerian man, identified as Peter has expressed gratitude for surviving a gas explosion that almost claimed his life
- The survivor on Friday, June 18, said that he ran from the Maryland area to Ikeja to escape shortly after the fire started
- Recall that a gas tanker on motion exploded into large flames on the Mobolaji Bank Anthony area of Ikeja in Lagos on Thursday, June 17
Lagos state - A survivor of the recent gas explosion in Lagos state has narrated his ordeal and provided a detailed account of how the horrible incident happened on Thursday night, June 17.
The survivor identified as Peter narrating how he narrowly escaped said he was resting in a car at OPIC plaza when he felt an unusual coldness of his feet.
Peter speaking exclusively to The Punch on Friday, June 18, claimed that by the time he came out of the car around 11 pm to observe the situation, he saw a gas-laden truck stationed in front of OPIC Plaza.
He went on to note that on seeing the truck he was paralyzed with fear, adding that the gas had already filled the whole area.
While the gas was suffocating him, Peter explained that it was very difficult to navigate his way out of the environment.
The survivor recalled that when the security men were looking for him, the way he came out in response to the search was as if angels brought him out.
He added that shortly after leaving the premises, the fire started. In order to escape the inferno, Peter said he ran from Maryland to Ikeja.
Bodies recovered from Lagos tanker explosion scene
In another report by The Guardian, three bodies have been recovered from the scene of the explosion, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Ibrahim Farinloye, acting zonal coordinator, southwest zonal office, NEMA, confirming the development added that the bodies were recovered from the generator house of OPIC Plaza and the restaurant.
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It was gathered that a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tanker exploded while in motion at about 10.32 p.m.
Gas tanker explodes in Lagos
A 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 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.
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.