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Fuel tanker explodes in Lagos

By Amidu Arije

There was a fuel tanker inferno on Thursday morning along Apapa -Oshodi Expressway, at Mile 2.

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According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the incident occurred around 1 am Thursday.

The Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu said in a statement that officials of the agency were immediately deployed to the scene on receiving a distressed call.

According to him, the fuel tanker which was fully loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) overturned and burst into flames as a result of oil spillage.

Oke-Osanyintolu said this affected some stationary trailers parked inwards Apapa as they also went up in flames.

Read the full statement below:

Fuel Tanker inferno at LACASERA outwards Mile 2 Oke and FATGBEMS Fuel Station, Apapa- Oshodi Expressway;

The Agency received distress calls concerning the above which occurred around 0100hrs and activated its emergency response plan.

On arrival, it was discovered that a fuel tanker loaded with PMS had overturned and burst into flames due to the oil spillage. This in turn affected some stationary trailers parked inwards Apapa.
A combined team comprising Lagos Fire, Police, Federal Fire and Agency Responders have extinguished the flames.

Operation to remove the affected vehicles is ongoing while road users are encouraged to use alternative routes
Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu
DG/CEO LASEMA

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