A tanker conveying petroleum product has reportedly caught fire at the Michael Otedola Bridge along the Lagos –Ibadan Expressway on Friday. The incident was confirmed by the Acting Zonal Coordinator, South West Zonal Office of NEMA, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye and the Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintola in Lagos State.
According to Mr. Farinloye, the engine of the vehicle, which was outbound Lagos, suddenly burst into flames at about 10.39 a.m.
He said: “There was no explosion because immediately NEMA was notified, we immediately called the fire service officials who were able to put off the fire before it got to the tank.
“We have not ascertained whether the tanker was conveying diesel or petrol. But as at now, the fire has been extinguished and the road is now opened to users.
“There was no casualty and it was only the head of the tanker that suffered some damages.”
According to Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), who also confirmed the incident said the explosion occurred this morning, adding that the fire was as a result of electrical fault developed while the tanker was on motion. He also noted that LASEMA and other agencies were on ground in the recovery process of the burning truck.
“In quick response to a distress call to the agency this morning, LASEMA swung into action of recovering the gutted tanker loaded with 45,000 liters of diesel.
“Upon arrival at the scene, it was observed that a Mack Tanker Truck with no registration number loaded with 45,000 liters of diesel was gutted by fire while descending the Otedola Bridge inward Berger Bus Stop.
“Further investigations gathered at the scene of the incident revealed that the fire started as result of electrical fault developed while on motion.
“Due to the quick intervention of the agency’s tiger team and the Lagos fire service, the fire was extinguished and prevented from spreading into the main storage tank. The recovery of the tanker truck is ongoing” he said.
The Director-General of LASEMA assured residents that the damaged tanker would be removed from the express way.