Two persons have been declared dead with 30 vehicles burnt down after a fire enveloped a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at Ijegun, on the outskirts of Lagos.
Reports reaching Naijauto says the fire was ignited by suspected pipeline vandals around the early hours of the morning at Fire Junction, in Ijegun, in order to stop security officers from chasing them.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) reported that the pipeline vandals had evacuated premium motor spirit (PMS) into a 33,000 liters fuel tanker and they were on the second tanker when they were intercepted by security operatives.
30 vehicles were burnt following the pipeline explosion
The CEO of LASEMA, Femi Oke-Osanyetolu, stated that while the vandals were fleeing, they spilled some fuel on the ground which flowed into drainage systems, then they lit a fire that traced the spilled fuel backward.
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Here's his account of the incident.
While trying to escape from the security agencies, some of the siphoned fuel spilled into the drainage and the vandals were alleged to have set the spilled fuel on fire in a bid to deter the security agencies from apprehending them.
The fire then spread back to the pipeline, the point where the vandals had siphoned the fuel and exploded with escalating fire which led to two fatalities and over 30 vehicles burnt.
The actual loss will be determined upon conducting post disaster enumeration after the fire has been put out. Responders at the scene include Lagos State Fire Service, Police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)
Firefighters putting out the fires from the pipeline explosion
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