Fire guts petrol tanker, Galaxy TV in Lagos


The Lagos State Fire Service, Wednesday, confirmed that a white tanker loaded with fuel burst into flames, extending to Galaxy Television station on Fatai Atere Way, Mushin, Lagos state.

Reports claim that no fewer than seven persons also escaped death in the Lekki tollgate area of Lagos State following the fire incident.

The incident which happened around 2pm, was reportedly caused by an electrical fault in the tanker’s engine. It was gathered that as the driver and other mechanics attempted to fix the fault, there was a spark, which led to an explosion, The Punch reports.
The Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Lekki, Matthew Olonisaye, said the vehicle was marked, AKD 730 XM.

Olonisaye, a Deputy Corps Commander, explained that seven people were involved in the incident, adding that nobody was injured.

“They were lucky to have escaped unhurt. Articulated vehicle owners are advised to ensure proper maintenance of their vehicles. Drivers should not speed beyond 45km per hour while driving within the metropolis,” he added.

The Director of the state Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe, while confirming the incident explained that the fire outbreak was among several others attended to by the agency.
He said, “We equally received a fire call to the Galaxy Television station on Atere Street, Mushin. The fire gutted the armour cable that connected the studio with the mast, but we were able to put it off.

“There was also an overnight fire incident which destroyed a shop in the same community. We had 16 fire calls just yesterday alone, and we have received several today as well,” Fadipe added.

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Firefighters from the Lagos State Fire Service, Lekki Phase 1, reportedly put out the inferno.

An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority said nobody was injured or killed in the inferno, adding that the fire was quickly contained by the firefighters.

According to him, “The tanker was coming from Ajah and heading towards Lekki when it developed a fault on the road. As the driver and the mechanic were trying to fix it, there was a spark in the engine and they quickly fled the place.

“The fire consumed the whole of the engine and head of the tanker, but did not get to the tank due to the intervention of the firemen.”

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