Tanker explosion rocks Lagos, torches OPIC building, damages 22 cars

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A gas tanker, on Thursday, exploded resulting in a fire outbreak at OPIC Plaza/Sheraton Hotel area of Maryland, Ikeja, the Lagos State capital.

According to the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, the agency responded to a distress call shortly before midnight on Thursday concerning an exploding gas tanker that was moving inward Ikeja at OPIC Plaza/Sheraton Hotel area of Maryland.

The resultant explosion affected the OPIC Plaza leading to an inferno that damaged 22 parked vehicles within the premises, the agency noted.

The LASEMA DG stated that “First responders worked to control the spread to the adjacent properties as well as the nearby petrol station until 0400hrs Friday. Thirteen people were rescued, nine males, four females they sustained various degree of burns and were provided with pre-hospital care before taking to Lagos State health facilities for further treatment.

“A combined team of agency firefighters, Lagos Fire Service, and the Federal fire Service were coordinated by the agency while the Director of Lagos Fire Services, the Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Special Duties, the Commissioner of Police were also in attendance at the scene.

“The affected truck has been moved, the entire affected area cordoned off, and post-disaster assessment ongoing.”

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