21 different vehicles and five motorcycles were burnt on Wednesday afternoon in Lagos after a tanker laden with petroleum product exploded.
The spokesman of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Kehinde Adebayo, confirmed the incident, adding that no life was lost.
He said: “A distress call was passed to the LASEMA Response Team on 13th December concerning a tanker on fire at FESTAC link bridge.
“Upon arrival to the scene of incident at about 12:45p.m, it was revealed that a tanker loaded with 33,000 litres AGO (diesel) detached from its truck and fell by its side.
“It later exploded due to an aftermath ignition of a commuter bus.
“However, no life was lost but one adult male sustained a minor injury. The inferno affected 21 cars (18 cars and 3 commuter buses) and 5 bikes.
“The agency’s rescue/recovery equipment is on ground to ensure the burnt vehicles are taken off the road,” he said.
Adebayo said combined effort of the emergency responders – LRT, Police, Lagos Fire Service, Federal Fire Service and Lagos Neighborhood Watch – were able to put the fire out at 2:20 p.m.
He said proper investigation would be conducted on the incident.