by Damilola Agekameh
A pipeline explosion occurred at Abule-Ado area near Festac town in Amuwo Odofin, Lagos Mainland earlier today, Sunday, March 15, 2020.
The massive blast has reportedly rocked neighbouring areas, sparking a massive blaze that has destroyed nearby buildings including a school.
Plumes of smoke have been seen rising into the sky as the area has been cordoned off by rescue officers.
Many nearby houses have been destroyed by the blaze while the explosion damaged buildings around the area and its environs.
An eyewitness said that a tipper offloading sand caught fire, which spread to a nearby pipeline, triggering the blast.
The director-general of LASEMA Dr Femi Osanyintolu confirmed that the pipeline had earlier been vandalized by unknown persons.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Fire Service says there are other buildings on fire in Ado Soba, Abule-Ado, and Amuwo-Odofin areas respectively.
Also, the Chairman of the Local Government area, Mr. Valentine Buraimoh has said that children have been rescued from the collapsed school building.
It is not certain if there are any casualties at the point of filing this report.