Many injured as gas tanker explodes in Ikeja (photos)

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Several people were injured after a gas tanker exploded in the late hours of Thursday, June 17, at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way in Ikeja, Lagos.

According to an eyewitness, the explosion was caused by a leaking gas tanker that broke down close to a filling station in Ikeja. He said the gas leak caused commotion at the filling station making staffs and customers to fled the scene.

His words,

The fire was caused by a leaking gas tanker that broke down just after Total Filling station at around 10:30pm causing panic at the filling station that made both staff and customers flee for their lives.

Repeated calls to the Lagos state fire service for preemptive measures proved abortive until the tanker exploded at about 11:PM and the resulting inferno quickly spread around, especially into the plaza after the filling station.

A gallant effort from the Lagos state fire service when did arrive curtailed the rage of the fire and arguably prevented further damage.”

According to reports, the fire spread to a nearly plaza – the Ogun Property Investment Company (OPIC) Plaza beside Sheraton Hotel, a facility that housed many businesses.

Many people reportedly sustained varying degrees of injuries from the inferno which affected buildings and vehicles.

Fortunately, the fire was put out by seven fire trucks from Lagos Fire Service and LASEMA Response Unit around 12:30am. The Lagos state commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu also paid a visit to the scene last night.

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