Several vehicles, buildings destroyed as tanker explodes in Lagos

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A truck conveying gasoline on Thursday exploded at Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos, destroying several vehicles and injuring scores of passers-by.

The gas tanker explosion occurred about 3.30 p.m.

Although no life was lost as at the time of filing this report, 16 people were said to have been  critically injured and taken to the Iju Water Works clinic.

Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed the incident to newsmen at the scene of the explosion.

Oke-Osanyintolu said 16 persons have been confirmed to be critically injured and taken to the Iju Water Works clinic.

He explained that a 30 ton LPG Tanker, being operated by Mana Gas Ltd., but which registration number could not be ascertained, was involved in an explosion.

He said that LASEMA responded to distress calls concerning the explosion and quickly mobilised to the scene.

According to him, the explosion destroyed several vehicles, one event Centre and a Plank Market in the area.

“The responders discovered that a compromised seal device by the truck driver had led to gradual leakages, which then ignited fire when the tyres burst.

”Several people were injured and have been taken to the nearest hospital for treatment,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

Other emergency responders at the scene were the Lagos State Fire Service, the Nigeria Police Force and NSCDC.

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