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Teenager dies, shops, vehicles razed in Lagos, Ogun tanker fire

A 15 years old boy was recovered dead on Friday, when a tanker laden with 45,000 litres of petrol crashed and spilled its content across Lagos and Ogun States areas, along Lagos – Abeokuta Expressway.

The incident occurred at about 2:06am around Ajegunle Busstop inward Sango as the content spilled rapidly to Toll Gate.

Lagos State Fire Service has responded to it from Lagos end while Ogun State Fire Service also responded to it from Ogun side.

Unfortunately one person was recovered dead.

It was gathered that the incident resulted in heavy gridlock as the entire road was cordoned-off and traffic diverted to alternative routes.

According to an eyewitness, “the inferno broke-out as a result of a tanker meant to service Ayinde Oil Filling Station at Ajegunle which accidentally spilled its 45,000 liters Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, popularly called petrol contents while negotiating a bend to the Station before resulting to fire from the nefarious activities of scoopers at the Toll Gate end.”

Due to the activities of people scooping the spilled product from the road, activated the fire which quickly spread through some roadside makeshift shops to its source at Ajegunle Bus Stop.

Director, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Adeseye Margaret, who confirmed the incident explained that
the situation as of 7am, had been brought under control by the Agege, Ikeja and Alausa Fire team of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service with the use of tactical firefighting application of chemical foam compound to suppress the raging fire.

Margaret assured that “the situation is under control as the process of mopping up and evacuation of the remains of the Fire is ongoing.

“They should however exercise caution and restraint as outbound Lagos traffic has been diverted to travel with the inbound vehicular traffic.

Assessment on impacts of the incident was ongoing at press time.

The Coordinator, Lagos State Territorial District, National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye also confirmed the incident.

The victim’s relative at the scene of the incident

The remains was that if a 15 year- old Oluwatobi Lawal said to be preparing to write The teenager is preparing to write JAMB/UTME and WAEC examinations next month.

Farinloye gave the breakdown of the affected property to be 42 make shift shops.

He said,

The buffer zone between the road and residential houses saved the residential houses from being affected”

Also, an eye witness said three vehicles were razed.

It was alleged that some guys were trying to scoop the spilled gasoline before the explosion started.

The Chairman of Ojokoro Local Council Development Area, Hammed Tijani, has visited the scene.

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