By Salomon Asowata
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said three bodies have so far been found at the scene of an oil tanker explosion Thursday evening on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos State.
Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Zone Coordinator, Southwest Zone Office, NEMA, confirmed the development to the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Ikeja on Friday.
NAN reports that a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker exploded while on the move at around 10:32 p.m.
Farinloye said the resulting fire spread with the wind to the premises of the Ogun State Property Investment Company (OPIC) Plaza next to the Sheraton Hotel, which houses various commercial outfits, including a restaurant Chinese.
He said: “We have so far recovered three bodies from the incident. The bodies were recovered from the OPIC Plaza generator house and from the restaurant.
“Search and rescue is still ongoing from the collapsed buildings.”
He previously told NAN that the blaze was extinguished around 12:30 p.m. after the concerted efforts of five fire trucks from the Lagos State Fire Department and two trucks from the Lagos State Fire Department. Lagos State Emergency Management Agency.
“Initial search and rescue activities revealed that 13 people suffered burns of varying degrees. Of that number, nine are men while four are women, ”Farinloye said.
He said the victims received first aid at Lagos State University Hospital (LASUTH).
He said four of them, seriously injured, were later transferred to the trauma and burn center at Gbagada General Hospital in Lagos.
“The preliminary assessment of damaged vehicles indicated that around 25 have been destroyed to date.
“A full post-disaster assessment of the extent of general damage would be done later today,” Farinloye said. (NOPE)