Sunday, 6 December 2015

Petrol tanker explodes destroying houses and vehicles

Properties worth millions of naira and houses were destroyed at dawn yesterday when a fuel tanker loaded with 30,000 litres of fuel fell on the Ojuelegba bridge in Lagos.

Five cars and a storey building were burnt. However, no lives were lost.
According to an eye witness reports Nation  who lives in Barrack area, Uche Ohene, the inferno started at about 2am when the tanker fell on the bridge and the fuel began to leak through to the nearby canal that leads to Shitta.

According to him, “We were all awake and watching and ready for any eventuality. We later saw a tongue of fire coming up from Shita area where a storey building, a car and some other houses were torched. The fire followed the fuel which went through the canal and to the bridge where the tanker was and there was a blast. Two mini buses and two Coaster buses were burnt beyond recognition.”
Ohene applauded the effort of fire service and other security agencies which came in early to intervene and stop the fire from spreading and further damage.

Speaking with reporters at the scene of the event, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, expressed displeasure over the state of some tankers and how dangerous they are to hapless citizens.

He said, “We are not happy about the attitude of some tanker drivers who are fully aware of the state of their tankers but are indifferent and negligent in correcting the problem thereby exposing other motorists and road users to danger.”

He urged tankers driver to be true to themselves and ensure that their vehicles are okay, “Lagosians will not continue to live under the mercy of tankers who are heartless and unconcerned about the safety of helpless Lagosians because of their selfish interest and we would encourage strict compliance on speed limit on their vehicles.”

He applauded the prompt rescue effort of the police, LASEMA, LAWMA and fire service whose effort helped to curtail the effect of the inferno.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report quoted Mr. Rasak Fadipe, Director, Lagos State Fire Service, as saying that the tanker was ascending the Ojuelegba bridge, but rolled back and spilled its content on the road.

He said that some of the spilled content went into a nearby canal in the area adding, ”When we came here at about 5.30a.m, we tried to dispense liquid foam into the manholes and canal to avoid fire outbreak. I had gone round to see the area affected by the spill. While going round, I met some men smoking Indian hemp along the canal
“I warned them against it, that it may result to fire outbreak. They disregarded my advice. It was not long after talking with them that the fire broke out from there. If we had not dispensed chemical foams into the canal, the whole of Barracks area in Surulere would have been burnt down. So far, no casualties, three persons were taken to hospital as a result of shock, ”Fadipe said.

A resident of Makinde Street, Ojuelegba, Mr. Kayode Kadiri, urged government to seek lasting solutions to stop the perennial accidents of articulated vehicles along Ojuelegba area of the state.

In September, a container-laden truck fell off the Ojuelegba bridge, destroying cars and killing three persons.


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