CITIZENS COMPASS– THERE was anxiety along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Monday, as a truck laden with gas reportedly burst into flame beside the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG Camp.
Reports from the axis said people scampered for safety as the fire raged and affected some other trucks parked at the scene.
The incident occurred at about Noon but emergency responders from Lagos and Ogun States have swiftly contained the fire.
It was learnt that no life was lost and nobody sustained injuries.
The incident occured at a gas station where many gas trucks were stationed beside the RCCG Camp as a spark was noticed from one of the trucks’ batteries which resulted into an explosion that gutted some of the trucks.
It was gathered that the prompt arrival of emergency responders prevented further damages as the fire was contained and damping ongoing.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu who was among the first responders at the scene said this, “The Agency, led by the Permanent Secretary, responded to distress calls and upon arrival discovered an explosion which had subsequently affected adjoining trucks in the compound.
“Further investigation revealed the fire actually started from the battery of one of the trucks before escalating to a gas cylinder resulting in a secondary explosion.
No loss of life or injury sustained .
The Agency’s LRT is working alongside the Lagos State Fire Service, the Civil Defence, FRSC and Nigeria Police.
“Damping down is on going.”
Similarly, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA through its Lagos Territorial District Coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the situation was under control.