There has been a reported fire outbreak in Ijegun area of Lagos state.
During the early hours of this morning, a fire outbreak occurred in Ijegun community in Lagos State. According to reports, the fire was started from a vandalized oil pipeline.
Watch the video of the explosion below.
Fire outbreak in Ijegun community in Lagos.
According to reports, an explosion occurred from a vandalised oil pipeline. pic.twitter.com/z9VHw36LJF
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We currently do not have full details o the explosion, although it is claimed that pipeline sabotage is to be blamed for the oil spill that led to the explosion.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its midstream operator, Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) have a pipeline network which runs through the Ijegun community.
Fire-fighters are currently battling to put out a raging fire explosion at the Isheri / Ijegun power pipeline currently. Several vehicles have been burnt down but there in currently no news on whether their drivers or owners were caught in the fire.
Two people have been confirmed dead and over 30 vehicles.
According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the vandals had siphoned Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) into a 33,000-litre capacity tanker and were loading a second one when security operatives intercepted them.
UPDATE: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) LASEMA Femi Oke-Osanyetolu, said the vandals spilled some of the PMS which entered drainage while fleeing and allegedly lit a fire that followed the spilled content backward.
He said: “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 two 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 Lagos State Fire Service, Police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).”