Ijegun Fire Disaster: Two dead, 12 rescued, several injured
Two people were burnt to death, while several others sustained severe burn injuries in a fire incident that engulfed the Last Bus Stop area of Ijegun, in the Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, on Thursday. Over 30 vehicles, shops and houses were consumed by the inferno.
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Hassan Umoru, a security man that escaped death by the whiskers, said the second victim was a fellow security man. He also disclosed that he was trying to locate the exact place the spill was coming from when he heard the first explosion. Speaking on the fire incident, the Chief Executive Officer of The Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said on arrival it was gathered that vandals had engaged in fuel bunkering activities where an NNPC pipeline was buried. He disclosed that the vandals had already siphoned petrol into a 33,000 litre tanker, with a second tanker of the same capacity being loaded before they were intercepted by security operatives. In an attempt to escape, some of the siphoned fuel spilled into the drainage, with the vandals allegedly setting their vehicle on fire in a bid to deter the security agents from apprehending them, Osanyintolu said. The fire then spread back to the pipeline, the point where the vandals had siphoned the fuel and exploded. The fire escalated, leading to 2 fatalities and over 30 vehicles burnt. The actual loss will be determined upon conducting post disaster enumeration after the fire has been put out. Responders at the scene include fire officials of the Lagos State Fire Service, NSCDC, Nigeria Police Force, and other agencies. Speaking on the incident, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Spokesperson for South West, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the management of the NNPC were immediately alerted about the fire outbreak at and the safety unit of the Corporation, and immediately shut down supplies to the affected pipeline in order to stop the fire. He noted that vandals were responsible for the incident and some of them were affected by the inferno. Farinloye said security agencies have cordoned off the area to stop it from being accessed by undesirable elements. He advised people in the area to remain calm and go about their normal businesses.