Lagos Tanker Explosion: 15 Die, Property Worth Billions Destroyed

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Tragedy struck in Lagos on Tuesday night when a fuel laden tanker somersaulted and exploded in Apapa, killing 15 persons and destroying properties worth billions of naira.

The disaster occurred at Cement bus stop on Mile Two-Apapa Expressway.

One the buildings razed in the inferno that followed the explosion was a branch of a new generation bank and about 11 vehicles were also destroyed.

Although there were conflicting reports on the number of casualties, many of the victims were said to be occupants of vehicles caught trapped in a late night gridlock that had nearly paralysed the area before the fire outbreak.

A witness said the petrol tanker appeared to have suffered a brake failure before it somersaulted, exploded and burst into flames.

It took the intervention of the combined team of federal and state fire services to put out the fire.

The Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe, said no life was lost in the three buildings affected by the inferno.

He said: “The driver of the tanker and his assistant were recovered from the vehicle and three other persons.

“A new generation bank, three buildings and about 11 vehicles, including three motorcycles were razed.

“Three fire trucks from Sari-Iganmu, Isolo and Ojo were deployed to the scene. Each of them carried 10, 000 litres of water and they replenished three times,” he added.

— Culled from National Mirror

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