According to report, police officials, fire service personnel and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) are on ground for rescue operation. Meanwhile, it was previously reported that fire gutted a 14-storey building in Marina, Lagos Island, which belonged to United African Company (UAC), leaving staff stranded amid the loss of personal properties and important files, on Thursday, January 24. The fire started around 12pm from the 10th floor of the building, shattering glasses and razing down the properties worth millions of naira.
No one was in the building when the fire started. Eyewitness disclosed that the first two fire service trucks that arrived the scene were unable to quench the fire because they lacked long pipes that could get to the 10th floor. It was also gathered that the officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) were also at the scene of the fire, as staff of the organisation were evacuated, watching the building down into the wild flames where they stood downstairs. An eyewitness recounted: “No one was in the building before the fire escalated.” A staff of the company expressed concern over the loss of her properties, adding that during the fire outbreak, personal and other private properties were also lost to fire.
In another previous report, some Lagos residents revealed how they escaped death by the whisker in the tanker explosion which occurred on Thursday, June 28, on Otedola Bridge in the Berger area of the state. No fewer than nine lives and 54 vehicles were lost to the disaster which occurred when the fuel tanker went up in flames after the driver lost control. Four people sustained serious injuries and received treatment in hospitals. Among the scores of people who got caught in the middle of the incident but cheated death is the mother of a three-year old boy.
Few months back, fuel laden tanker exploded this morning beside the office of Department of State Security Services, DSS, and Ojo Barracks on Lagos Badagry Expressway. At scene of the incident, Vanguard learned that the tanker fell as a result of the collapsed state of the road and spilled its contents on the road. The impact of the fall resulted in the explosion, in the process, other vehicles caught fire. An eyewitness said the accident occurred at 6: 45 am.
No fewer than eight vehicles were consumed by the inferno, while an unspecified number of people, who were trapped in their cars were burnt to death. Some people, who jumped out of their vehicles on sensing danger, sustained various degrees of injuries. A woman, who jumped out of a moving commercial vehicle at the scene was seen crawling in the mud and was mistaken for a mad woman by a large crowd of sympathisers, who had gathered.
As of the time Vanguard arrived at the scene, men of the Federal Fire Service and Lagos State Emergency Services Management Agency,LASEMA, had not come, while smoke was still billowing from the burning vehicles. The accident increased traffic gridlock on the road as commuters going to Mile 2 were seen taking Tedi Road as an alternative route.