Four vehicles and six trucks were on Tuesday burnt beyond recognition when a fuel tanker laden with 33, 000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit(PMS) burst into flames at the Ojo Barracks area of Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
Though no life was lost, It was gathered that the Petrol tanker with an unknown registration number had collided with a white mini truck carrying electrical appliances late Monday night.
According to the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, the collision punctured a compartment of the tanker resulting to the spilling of its contents.
Tiamiyu said, “ The agency received a distress call via the emergency toll free number regarding the tanker accident at Barrack bus stop inward Iyana Oba, Lagos-Badagry Express Way on October 1st, 2018 at about 9.48 pm.
“ This prompted the immediate activation of the Agency’s Response Team to the scene of the incident.
Consequently,a combined team of Lasema Response Team, the LASG Fire Service, the Nigerian Police and other responders successfully curtailed and stopped further spillage of the PMS into the environs of the incident scene.
“ The articulated tanker and trucks had collided and were thereafter recovered from the incident scene.
However, in the early hours of Tuesday October 2nd, 2018, during the recovery Process, the spilled content of the PMS which hitertho spilled into the distant environment ignited fire and went aflame and consequently travelled back to the proximity of the scene resulting to
Three buses, one car, and six trucks getting burnt.”
The LASEMA Boss said the circumstances resulting to this fatal secondary incident could be attributed to unsafe practices by inhabitants in the distant environs where the PMS spilled into.
He said It is pertinent to note that no person was injured or died in the incident.
Tiamiyu said, “ The Lagos State Fire Service, Officials of the LASEMA Response Team, 81 Division Nigeria Army Fire Service, Nigerian Police and LASTMA are the responders at the scene of incident with a combined effort to put out the fire.”
The General Manager therefore advised motorists to listen to instruction of emergency workers on incident scene to avoid such unfortunate incident in the future.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Edgal Imohimi has directed the Disaster Management Unit of the Command to investigate the cause of the fire in collaboration with relevant agencies.