UPDATE: 13 injured, 25 cars destroyed in Ikeja tanker explosion
INSIDEMAINLAND – An emerging report has confirmed that 13 persons sustained various degrees of injuries on Thursday night after a diesel laden tanker exploded at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, opposite Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Ikeja.
Confirming the incident, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Zonal Coordinator, southwest Zonal Office, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said the explosion was caused by leakage while the tanker was in motion.
“The fire affected the premises of Ogun State Property Investment Company (OPIC) Plaza besides Sheraton Hotels, which houses different commercial outfits including a Chinese Restaurant.
“After concerted efforts of five fire trucks from the Lagos State Fire Service and two trucks from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Response Unit, the fire was put out.
“The initial search and rescue activities revealed that 13 persons sustained various degrees of burns. Out of this, nine are males while four are females,” Farinloye said.
According to him, the affected victims were attended to at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for First Aid.
“Preliminary assessment of vehicles damaged indicated that about 25 were destroyed as at now,” he added.