Two yet-to-be-identified persons have been confirmed dead on Sunday evening when a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) exploded in the Ekoro area of Abule-Egba, Lagos State.
It was gathered that the suspected cause of the fire incident was due to the activities of vandals, who allegedly ruptured the pipeline in a bid to steal fuel.
As of the time of filing this report, the estimated value of the properties burnt in the fire incident could not be ascertained.
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Oluwafemi Okeosanyintolu, who confirmed the incident, said:
“A raging fire from the explosion of a vandalised NNPC pipeline has caused panic among residents within Awori, U-turn and Pipeline communities in Abule Egba. LASEMA, the Lagos State Fire Service are responding and on top of the situation.
“Two people died, while eleven trucks laden with 40-feet containers were destroyed and about seven buildings have so far been razed down by the inferno.”
Also, the Director-General, Lagos State Fire Service, Margaret Adeseye, said three fire service stations had been deployed in the area to curtail the fire.
She said: “Yes, a fire incident is ongoing. Three of our stations are present at the scene of the fire incident. The fire is still on but under control. We have deployed personnel from the Agege, Alausa and Abesan fire stations to the area. The cause of the fire incident is still under investigation.”
The fire is getting more serious oh, Please Retwit Abule-egba pic.twitter.com/TjrbNiQmDR
— Stranger (@AdamsClem1) January 19, 2020
Update: Abule Egba on Fire. Abule Egba, ile Epo, Uturn… Please retweet to reach Fire Service and other authorities pic.twitter.com/9I4lpbazR4
— Kemawilly (@kemawilly) January 19, 2020
Currently at Pipeline Ile epo pic.twitter.com/ym2lXJkyWN
— Movie freak (@Agunbiade_Gafar) January 19, 2020
— GOSPEL HARMONY TECHNOLOGIES (@gospel_harmony) January 19, 2020
Abule Egba is on fire! Houses are getting burnt and there is slow response as firefighters just arrived after the fires have escalated in real time. Flames are visible from iyana-ipaja which is a slightly distant landmark from the area!
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— Talkactive Africa (@TalkactiveAfri1) January 19, 2020
THERE’S A PIPELINE BURNING AT ILE EPO ALONG ABULE EGBA.
Please Rt if you can see this.??
— βLΔQβΩI ᏢhᎥᏞᏞᏃ?? (@BlaqBoi_Phillz) January 19, 2020
Agbado oke odo.. Pipeline
Gas-pipeline leakage… This suffocation is much, we can't breathe…
Pray for Us??? pic.twitter.com/CSaxa21HJ9
— ᴛɪᴛᴀɴ ᴏᴠᴇʀsᴇᴇʀ ?| ? (@Baba___Alabi1) January 19, 2020
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