Panic gripped residents of Lagos and Ogun border communities on Thursday following an explosion and massive fire.
The explosion, which was heard around Harmony Estate, Obawole, Iju-Ishaga, in Lagos as well as Akute, Ogun State, reportedly occurred at about 3:30pm around Balogun Bus Stop in Ishaga.
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), Nosa Okunbor, confirmed the incident, noting that emergency responders have arrived at the scene of the incident.
On arrival at the scene, it was observed that there was a gas explosion.
Further investigation revealed that a truck had a lone accident and exploded.
The impact of the explosion affected adjoining buildings and several vehicles were burnt.
Several persons were injured and have been taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.
The inferno is being tackled by the combined efforts of the LASEMA Response Team led by the Director Operations, LRU Fire, LASG Fire Service, Nigeria Police Force, and NSCDC.
Dampening down ongoing.
Similarly, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed the incident, urging residents to stay away from the area.
NEMA’s southwest Coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye, revealed that the agency’s officials were on ground and fire service has been contacted.
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— Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) September 24, 2020
Yes, a tanker exploded at Balogun Bus stop, Iju Ishaga. Our people are already there and fire service has been informed.
The tanker was trying to enter a gas plant when it exploded. There were domestic cylinders there and so, those ones also started exploding.
The fire has not extended to any building. It is still within the gas plant. People sustained burn injuries but no deaths reported yet. We have contacted fire service. We appeal to people to stay away from the area.
This development is coming about 24 hours after a tanker explosion claimed 23 lives in Kogi State.