A petrol tanker has gone up in flames on Otedola Bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
This was confirmed by Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, the Acting Zonal Co-ordinator of the Southwest Zonal Office of NEMA and Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency.
Farinloye has also confirmed that there was no explosion because as soon as the Agency was notified, fire officials were called to put off the fire before it got to the tank.
“We have not ascertained whether the tanker was conveying diesel or petrol. But as at now, the fire has been extinguished and the road is now opened to users. “There was no casualty and it was only the head of the tanker that suffered some damages,” Farinloye said.
Furthermore, Dr. Oke-Osanyintolu added, “In quick response to a distress call to the agency this morning, LASEMA swung into action of recovering the gutted tanker loaded with 45,000 litres of diesel. Upon arrival at the scene, it was observed that a Mack Tanker Truck with no registration number loaded with 45,000 litres of diesel was gutted by fire while descending the Otedola Bridge inward Berger Bus Stop.
“Further investigations gathered at the scene of the incident revealed that the fire started as result of electrical fault developed while on motion. Due to the quick intervention of the agency’s tiger team and the Lagos fire service, the fire was extinguished and prevented from spreading into the main storage tank. The recovery of the tanker truck is ongoing.”