Tanker explodes in Festac, more than 20 vehicles burnt

More than 20 vehicles and four commercial motorcycles have been reported burnt on Wednesday afternoon, after a tanker laden with petrol fell and exploded on the Festac Link Bridge in Awuwo Odofin LGA of Lagos State.

The fire started at noon and raged for about an hour.

Fire fighters arrived at the scene about 30 minutes later but did not have enough water to quench the fire.

According to an eyewitness, Mr. Olufemi Popoola, who spoke with News Agency of Nigeria the tanker was coming from Apple Junction and heading towards FESTAC Town, as it was ascending the bridge it suddenly rolled back and fell.

The impact of the fall separated the tank from the truck’s body, resulting in an explosion, according to Popoola.

He said some residents and passers-by attacked the fire with buckets of water to no avail.

Popoola , who lives in FESTAC, said the fire from the tanker spilled over to nearby vehicles, forcing their occupants to run, abandoning them.

“The fire then spilled into a car shop on the foot of the bridge, burning some of the cars, while the attendants quickly drove out some.

“Furniture items, bags and boxes displayed for sale on the foot of the bridge were all burnt,’’ he told NAN.

NAN reports that the vehicles burnt included a 2010 Toyota Highlander and a commercial bus.

The fire caused gridlock on the bridge and in the adjoining roads.

A crowd of affected persons and sympathisers gathered at the scene to lament the situation.

One of the owners of the burnt motorcycles, Mr. Akuko Okoli, said he narrowly escaped death.

It was not clear at the time of the report whether any life was lost to the fire.

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