Many people are feared killed in a fire incident that has engulfed the Last Bus Stop area of Ijegun, in the Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, on Thursday.
According to a statement from the LASEMA boss, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Some suspected bunkerers were on their way out of the area after scooping fuel from a vandalised pipeline when one of their tankers fell and spilled fuel.
“On arrival of Lagos Response team to the scene of the incident, it was gathered that some vandals were engaged in bunkering activities at Fire Junction, Ijegun within the vicinity where an NNPC pipeline was buried.
“The vandals had already siphoned petrol into a 33,000 litre tanker, while a second tanker of the same capacity was being loaded, security agencies suddenly intercepted the vandals.
“While trying to escape from the security agencies, some of the siphoned fuel spilled into the drainage and the vandals were alleged to have set the spilled fuel on fire in a bid to deter the security agencies from apprehending them.
“The fire then spread back to the pipeline, the point where the vandals had siphoned the fuel and exploded with escalating fire which led 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 LASG fire service men, NSCDC, NPF and the other agency officials”, he stated .