Several feared dead, houses burnt in Lagos tanker fire

A tanker said to be loaded with petrol has crashed and exploded at Ajegunle Bus-Stop, Alagbado, on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

Several houses, among other property, were said to have been burnt in the inferno, as men of the state fire service and the police were deployed in the area.

The incident happened around 3am on Friday (today).

A resident, Samuel Adeyemo,said no one could tell the number of casualties.

The lawyer said, “We cannot tell the number of those that died. The police and fire service have been working and trying to put out the fire.”

A man with a shop in the area said some residents who attempted to scoop fuel were killed.

He said, “I have a shop here. I was called that the fire started around 3am, but by the time I got here, my shop had been razed.

“When the fuel started pouring down the canal, some people tried to scoop fuel. By the time the explosion happened, many of them were trapped and killed.”

Meanwhile,a message recieved from Mrs Adeseye Margaret,Director Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service on

*Fire Alert!*

The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service has combated a Fire outbreak at Ajegunle via Toll Gate Bus Stop, Abeokuta Expressway, bordering Lagos and Ogun States.

The emergency which was reported at 02:16 midnight hours of Friday resulted from a Tanker meant to service an NNPC Filling Station at Ajegunle which accidentally spilling its 45,000 liters PMS contents while negotiating a bend to the Station before resulting to Fire from the neferous activities of scoopers at the Toll Gate end. Causing it spread through some roadside makeshift shops to the origin at Ajegunle Bus Stop.

The situation is, however, been brought under control by the Agege, Ikeja and Alausa Fire Crews of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service with tactical Firefighting application of Chemical Foam Compound to suppress the Fire.

The public is hereby assured that the situation is under control as the process of mopping up and evacuation of the remains of the Fire is ongoing but should exercise caution and restraint as outbound Lagos traffic has been diverted to co-habit with the inbound vehicular traffic.

Unfortunately, a male adult was recovered and three various brands of vehicles involved in the Fire aside the Tanker and Shops as further situation will be updated.