Tanker Explosion in Ikeja claims lives of 3 people, 13 others injured

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed the explosion of a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tanker in motion at about 10.32 p.m.⁣ NEMA revealed that three bodies have so far been recovered from the scene of Thursday night’s tanker explosion on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos State.⁣

The explosion was confirmed on Friday, 18th of June, 2021 by Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Zonal Coordinator, South West Zonal Office, NEMA.

Farinloye said the resulting fire travelled with the wind to the premises of Ogun State Property Investment Company (OPIC) Plaza beside Sheraton Hotel, which houses different commercial outfits including a Chinese Restaurant.⁣

He said: “We have so far recovered three bodies from the incident. The bodies were recovered from the generator house of OPIC Plaza and the restaurant.⁣

“Search and rescue is still ongoing from the the collapsed buildings.”⁣
He revealed that the fire was put out at about 12.30 a.m. after intense efforts of five fire trucks from Lagos State Fire Service and two trucks from Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Response Unit.⁣

“The initial search and rescue activities revealed that 13 persons sustained various degrees of burns. Out of this, nine are males while four are females,” Farinloye said.⁣
He said the victims were given first aid at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and four of them with severe injuries were later transferred to the Trauma and Burns Centre at Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos.⁣
“Preliminary assessment on vehicles damaged indicated that about 25 were destroyed as at now.⁣
“Comprehensive post disaster assessment on the extent of general damages would be done later today,” Farinloye had said.

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