By Monsuru Oloowoopejo
Atleast one person has been confirmed dead and 16 others injured when a tanker caught fire and went up in flames in Obalende axis of Lagos and destroyed property worth millions of Naira.
It was gathered that the tanker, laden with 45, 000 litres of Petrol Motor Spirit (PMS), fell on the side and burst into flames while trying to negotiate a bend in front of an Oando filling station at Obalende.
As of the time of filing this report, officials of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Federal fire service officials and UBA tankers have put off the fire to prevent severe loss of lives and property within the axis.
Confirming the casualties figure, Director-General of LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, disclosed that of the 16 injured persons, one was fire service officials who suffered severe burns while putting off the inferno.
He said: “Unfortunately, the inferno has resulted in one fatality, 15 minor casualties, and one major casualty who happens to be a Lagos State Firefighter.
“The fireman has been subsequently transferred to the Lagos State General Hospital for treatment while minor casualties received on the scene medical attention”, Oke-Osanyintolu added.
The Director-General explained that the agency received a distress call on the incident minutes after the tanker burst into flames and immediately activated agencies under Lagos Response Unit (LRU) to combat the fire from spreading to property within the axis.
“Our efforts to combat the flames by the agency’s officials, men of the Lagos State Fire Service, and the Federal Fire Service have been successful and the fire has been extinguished and the station and surrounding buildings protected.
“We appeal for calm and urge members of the public to keep away and allow the responders to conclude recovery when we will be able to clear the road for vehicular traffic”, he added.