Fuel tanker explodes in Lagos; destroys houses, shops

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A tanker fully loaded with diesel crashed and exploded at Idimu bus stop of Egbeda, Lagos at about 12:00 a.m. Friday.

The crash was being contained by a combined team of men of the Lagos and federal fire service.

‎Confirming the incident to PREMIUM TIMES, ‎the South-West Spokesperson of National Emergency Agency, Ibrahim said the tanker was on high speed before crashing and spilling its content to a stand ‎where beans cake were fried.

‎He said several residential apartments were affected while fire fighters were able to stop the inferno from spreading to a nearby petrol station.

“No one has complained of missing person as at now and (the ) fire (is) isolated already,” he told PREMUM TIMES early Saturday.

He also confirmed that a total of 34 houses and 70 shops and 1 tricycle was affected by the explosion.

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‎The crash occurred just days after a loaded fuel tanker crashed around the Iyana-Ipaja bus stop in Lagos on Tuesday injuring at least 12 persons and destroying 30 shops.

‎Another tanker, loaded with kerosene also crashed on Tuesday at Magbon area of Badagry, Lagos, spilling all its products. The crash did not result in an inferno.

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