A petrol tanker spilled its content along the Lagos-Badagry Express Road between Barracks and Onireke Bus Stops in Ojo Local Government Area in the early hours of Tuesday causing a fire outbreak that destroyed seven vehicles.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the inferno, which began at 5am, destroyed the contents of a Mack trailer conveying crates of drinks from Intercontinental Breweries.
The fire gutted a station wagon Peugeot, one Space bus, a Toyota Hummer jeep, a Mazda bus, a trailer container with food products from Delta and an empty Mack truck.
Mr. Ja’faru Anka, a Senior Marshall Inspector of Federal Road Safety Corps, told NAN that he arrived at the scene a few minutes after the fire started.
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He said that seven vehicles were gutted by the fire, but no life was lost.
“I arrived at the scene few minutes after 5am and as you can see, I am working with my team to clear up terrific traffic build-up,” Anka said.
An Army officer at the Ojo Barracks, who preferred to be anonymous, also said that the fire outbreak started at 5am, while he was preparing for duty.
He said that the attention of the fire service was drawn to the situation and some firefighters were there, but ran out of water.< He said that they were still expecting more response from the fire service. Some residents, who spoke with NAN, bemoaned the state of the road, which they said, had caused more harm than good to users. Mr Folorunsho Dada, a resident of Onireke, said that apart from the fire outbreak, the road had caused untold hardship to commuters. “Just imagine in front of an Army barracks, there is no access road and this is the situation from the beginning of Alakija and even down to Agbara. “This fire outbreak started around 5am when that tanker spilt its content on the road and left through another route,” he added. tanker-and-7-other-cars-burn-to-ashes-lagos