There was an explosion at Ekoro road, Abule Egba area, Lagos State on the 19th of January.
The explosion ravaged many houses and trucks, it also claimed the life of three people and left others severely Injured.
The exact time of the explosion can’t be ascertained but speculations from social media users claim that the fire explosion ignited between the hours of 22:00-23:00 on Sunday night.
According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the explosion was ignited from a vandalized Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline in Abule Egba.
Meanwhile, it was further reported, that the pipeline exploded at Ile-Epo Bus Stop along Abeokuta Expressway, and quickly spread to Abule Egba and another explosion was heard at Fagba and Ekoro Road.
Thousands of residents scurried to safety as the high flames coming from the affected area could be seen in the sky from afar.
According to reports from Wonder Planet correspondents, emergency officials were also said to have been mobilized to the area to help victims.
Although at that crucial moment, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was said to have shut down supplies to the affected pipelines and the ones nearby.
The spokesman for Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Nosa Okunbor said “two adult males and an infant lost their lives while 11 trucks laden with 40 feet’s containers were destroyed and seven buildings razed down by the inferno.
Though preliminary reports on the Ilepo fire outbreak had it that the cause of the explosion could and has not been ascertained, however, Situational Reports from further investigations later revealed that the inferno was as a result of pipeline vandalism.
The inferno has been completely put off with details revealing that the valve where the vandalized petroleum products emanated from, had been cut off totally from source at the NNPC Station.”
The cutting of the supply of the highly inflammable gasoline by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), helped the recovery process and facilitated the curtailing of the fire.
Nevertheless, throughout the investigations and interviews as coordinated by Wonder Planet reporters, no injuries has been recorded throughout the operation and the commodities recovered have been successfully evacuated.
As Compiled By Jaja Otokini
And Edited By Knight Fredel
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