Houses, cars, burnt as explosion rocks Abule -Egba

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 Tragedy occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, December 19, 2018, in the heavily populated Abule Egba, area of Lagos State  when a spillage from a fuel tanker that was  siphoning petrol from a vandalized pipeline suddenly burst into inferno, razing several houses and vehicles in the process. Fortunately, there was no life loss, according to Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, who responded promptly to the distress call.reminiscent of the Abule Egba pipeline explosion on 26 December 2006, killing hundreds of people. For this morning inferno, it was gathered that residents were scooping fuel from the spillage and in the process there was a spark which resulted into inferno, consuming everything along it’s path. However, another version of the  report had it that the fire resulted from the activities of bunkerers who were scooping fuel from a vandalised petroleum pipeline in the area. Eyewitness narrated that the timely response of emergency officials prevented the fire from spreading to a petrol filling station close to the scene of the incident.Other rescue team that responded swiftly include: Men of the Lagos State Fire Service, state Police Command, Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Lagos State  Emergency Ambulance Service, LASEMBUS, among other responders. On it’s Twitter handle, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, posted that the fire which started around 5am was brought under normalcy at about 8am and peace restored in the affected area. Thetweet reads: “INFERNO UPDATE ALERT! Situation is now confirmed calm, normalcy restored. Our hearts are with the victims @ this trying time. Kudos to all emergency responders for swiftly responding to this unfortunate incident.” General Manager of LASEMA, Adesina Tiamiyu, told Vanguard that no life was lost in the incident but some people sustained different degree of injuries and receiving first aid treatment. At press time, emergency and rescue team we’re still at scene to fully ensure restoration of complete normalcy in the area while traffic managers were busy controlling the chaotic traffic jam in the area. Recall that in 2006 Abule Egba pipeline explosion, there were originally believed to be around 500 deaths, but it was later confirmed that the loss was lesser. The incident occurred after an elevated pipeline carrying petroleum products was punctured by thieves earlier at midnight (local time), attracting hundreds of scavengers in the district who collected the fuel using plastic containers, allegedly to siphon fuel into a tanker, before puddles of fallen fuel were ignited after dawn. The cause of the explosion remains unknown, while witnesses have stated that the broken pipeline was tapped when the blast occurred.

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