The alarming spate of fire disaster that is ravaging the country remains unabated as buildings in the Idimu area of Lagos were consumed in the early hours of today when a fuel tanker fell and spilled its content all over the neighbourhood.
Although details of the accident remain sketchy, the Street Journal gathered that the fuel tanker laden with petrol fell and an inferno of imaginable proportion ensued. An eye witness who spoke with our correspondent on telephone disclosed that men of Lagos State fire service immediately raced to the scene of the accident. He added that officials of the National Emergency Agency were also sighted giving helping hands to the victims with a view to reducing the number of casualties.
It was gathered that buildings and shops with properties worth several millions of naira were lost to the inferno.
It would be recalled that a fuel tanker conveying 33,000 litres of petrol Tuesday had exploded at Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, at about 1 am, thereby injuring no fewer than 14 persons, gutting about 21 vehicles and razing 44 shops.
The incident also completely burnt down five buildings and six tricycles, though officials of the Lagos State Fire Service and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) later responded to the distress call of residents in the neighbourhood.
Based on reports from different rescue teams, the incident did not claim any life, though a good number of shop owners and traders were seriously affected, losing all their goods and means of livelihoods. However, the number of casualties in today’s incident has yet to be confirmed.