by Leslie Jacks
Barely a year after the explosion caused by pipeline vandalism in Abule Egba community, Lagos Mainland, tragedy struck again in the same community yesterday, Sunday, January 19, 2020, following a massive explosion the rocked the community.
The incident which threw residents of Abule Egba, Pipeline, U-Turn and Awori communities into deep panic occurred at about 8:00pm with thick smokes renting the air.
It was gathered that the fire was caused as a result of the explosion from a vandalised NNPC pipeline. The development led to serious unrest within the communities with resident scampering for safety.
Residents fled their homes to take shelter in safer places to avoid being caught in the inferno.
Emergency responders and men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA, Lagos State Fire Service and many others were deployed to the scene to manage the situation.
Several fire trucks were deployed to the to contain the rampaging fire which was put out in the early hours of this morning.
Following the rescue efforts, the LASEMA team has confirmed that the incident has left three persons burnt to death, 11 trucks and seven houses razed in the inferno.
Commenting on the development, the Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said “a raging fire from the explosion of a vandalised NNPC pipeline has caused panic among residents within Awori, and Pipeline communities in Abule Egba. The fire has been put out by the gallant officers of LASEMA”
Oke-Osanyintolu, however, confirmed that two adult male and a child were burnt to death, with 11 trucks laden with 40 –feet container were destroyed and seven houses razed.