LAGOS PIPELINE EXPLOSION CLAIMS FIVE LIVES INCLUDING A LITTLE GIRL
Five persons have lost their lives in a pipeline explosion at Ile- Epo, Eroko road, Abule Egba area, of Lagos state.
Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said on Monday at the scene of the disaster, that the death toll had moved from three to five, which included three male adults, a woman and a five-year-old girl.
The explosion, which happened on Sunday night, left many trucks and houses burnt. 20 people who also got injured were treated on the spot and released.
Sky-high flames billowed from the areas where the explosion affected, causing thousands of residents to scamper for safety.
Osanyintolu said the explosion was as a result of the activities of vandals on an NNPC pipeline. Eyewitnesses also confirmed that the pipeline leakage led to crude oil spilling all over the place which eventually caused the fire outbreak.
He commiserated with those who lost their lives and appealed to citizens to put the safety of their lives first in anything they do.
The LASEMA boss also disclosed that when the fire started, the emergency responders were able to curtail it from spreading to other areas by 9.00pm and that by 11:30pm, the fire was put out.
Also, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which feeds the pipelines, shut down supplies to the lines as part of efforts to contain the fire.