FLAMES OF FIRE AS A PETROL TANKER CAUGHT FIRE IN LAGOS

A tanker explosion has occurred on both lanes around Toyota bus-stop inwards mile 2, along Oshodi/Apapa expressway in Lagos state.

The Nation is reporting that no casualty has been recorded yet as a result of the incident. The incident is said to have caused huge traffic along the axis as many motorists have been caught-up close to the accident scene. Some residents say the incident happened close to a fire station hence the quick response from firefighters. Cases of fire outbreaks in Lagos state have become a perennial problem in recent times. Many people have faulted the responsiveness of fire services and emergency first responders in the country, who have been reputed to always arrive late and without sufficient equipment to the scene of fire incidents. There have also been renewed calls for the federal and state governments to adequately fund the fire department and emergency agencies, while the culture of insuring properties is not imbibed by Lagos residents to mitigate the damage and misery of the misfortune. Experts say incessant cases of fatal fires in Lagos state resulting in loss of lives and property has resulted in huge economic losses. Two months ago, a tanker explosion that took place at the Mile 2 area of Lagos led to the destruction of at least 4 vehicles.

The tragedy struck when a tanker laden with petrol overturned as it tried to avoid potholes but landed on the road around the Lacasera spot outwards Mile- 2 Oke. The tanker exploded with large flames near Fatgbems Fuel Station, along Apapa -Oshodi Expressway, burning at least three other vehicles close by. Around the same period, an accident at the Kara end of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway involving a fuel-laden tanker went up in flames overnight. The tanker spilt its contents on the road and on another truck while other cars were not spared as they also got burnt. Cars, properties destroyed as fire guts petrol station in Lagos

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