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Disaster averted in Lagos as petrol tanker explodes

Anthony Iwuoma

A diesel-laden tanker, on Tuesday morning, lost control and exploded around Ikotun area of Lagos State but thankfully, no lives or property were lost.

Following the raging inferno, residents in the area scampered for safety.

The driver of the tanker was allegedly speeding when he lost control of the vehicle, which eventually went up in flames, having struggled in vain to steady it.

Director General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the incident, but added that normalcy had been restored to the area.

He said, “On arrival at the scene by first responders, it was observed that a fully loaded tanker with diesel had a brake failure and subsequently lost control, falling off the road which caused an explosion and fire outbreak.

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“The fire has been successfully subdued by men of the LASEMA Fire service unit, Lagos state fire service, Nigeria Police, and other first responders while damping down is ongoing.

“There are no casualties and no property damaged by the blaze.

“Additional post-incident assessment will be carried out and the wreckage will be removed from the thoroughfare.”