Two Die in Lagos Tanker Fire Explosion

Two persons have died in a tanker fire accident in the Surulere area of Lagos State, emergency authorities said Saturday.

The Director/CEO of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service Margaret Adeseye said the agency received a distress call late Friday about the tanker accident at the Ijesha end of the Cele link bridge in Surulere, Lagos.

The statement partly read, “At approximately 23:12hrs emergency services were alerted to a tanker truck, carrying 33k litres of petrol, losing control while navigating the roundabout to ascend the bridge. The subsequent spillage ignited into a large fire, engulfing the surrounding area.

“Prompt action by the Isolo and Bolade Fire Stations of the agency contained the inferno, preventing further escalation.

“Regrettably, two male individuals were discovered deceased, their bodies tragically burnt beyond recognition and handed over to the Nigeria Police Force, overseeing the necessary procedures. The Lagos State Ambulance Service also provided vital assistance throughout the operation.”

Adeseye added that efforts are underway to clear the wreckage of the involved vehicles from the road, to ensure free flow of traffic and to enable investigative procedures.

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