The Ekoro and Abule-Egba axis of Lagos has been thrown into chaos and pandemonium after a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation exploded in the area.
According to reports, the fire erupted after some vandals allegedly ruptured the pipeline in a bid to scoop fuel illegally.
At the moment, the estimated value of the properties lost to the resulting inferno is yet to be ascertained but sources pointed out that several millions of naira have been lost already.
A growing number of residents in the affected areas are said to have fleed their homes leaving a trail of burnt homes, cars and vital documents.
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Oluwafemi Okeosanyintolu confirmed the incident adding that the agency is already coordinating.
“A raging fire from the explosion of a vandalised NNPC pipeline has caused panic among residents within Awori, U-turn and Pipeline communities in Abule Egba. LASEMA, the Lagos State Fire Service are responding and on top of the situation. Two people died, while eleven trucks laden with 40-feet containers were destroyed and about seven buildings have so far been razed down by the inferno.”
Speaking on the explosion and efforts to tame the resulting inferno, the Director-General, Lagos State Fire Service, Margaret Adeseye affirmed that three fire service stations had been deployed in the area to curtail the fire incident. She added that no casualty had been recorded.
“Yes, a fire incident is ongoing. Three of our stations are present at the scene of the fire incident. The fire is still raging but under control. We deployed Agege, Alausa and one other fire stations to the area. The cause of the fire incident is still under investigation but no casualty has been recorded for now. Below are clips from eyewitnesses at the scene:
Here’s another clip
Below is yet another video that was shared on Twitter by a user, @Joelmbadiwe (Twitter)
According to the next video, the fire is said to be spreading towards the Iyana-Ipaja axis of Lagos
Here’s another video from the scene of the pipeline explosion…