Monday, 25 February 2013

7 petrol tankers got burnt in kirikiri waterside

Seven petrol tankers,
weekend, got burnt at
Waterside area of Kirikiri
Town, Lagos, where tank
farms are sited, while
unspecified number of persons sustained injuries
in the inferno. Also burnt
was the
office of the
tanker drivers in the area. The
inferno threw residents of the area into confusion, as they
feared that the fire might get
to their homes. It was gathered that the fire
started at 10 p.m. when an oil
tanker loaded with 33
thousand litres of petrol
caught fire and exploded. Some of the burnt trucks.
Several shops on Mosheshe
Street and Cardoso Close were
also gutted by the fire. Eyewitnesses said the driver of
the oil tanker had parked his
truck, loaded from one of the
oil depots operating in the
area, in front of Techno Oil
Truck Park on Mosheshe Street, before siphoning its
contents into some jerry cans
and drums. In the process, Vanguard
gathered that flames from a
cooking fire close to the
roadside ignited petrol spilled
on the ground and same
spread to the truck. The fire, which quickly spread
to other parts of the area,
housing oil storage facilities
belonging to five major oil
companies, forced the residents
to flee their homes. Residents of a residential
estate situated few metres
away from the oil tank farms
and others from adjoining
streets, evacuated their homes
in anticipation of the fire spreading. A resident, Shola Afolabi, who
spoke with Vanguard, said: "I
was in my house watching a
movie, when I heard the sound
of sirens. I thought the sound was from
the movie, but when it
continued, I stopped the movie
and rushed out my apartment
and saw a massive fire surging
toward our estate. I panicked and asked members of my
family to evacuate the building. "My neighbours joined me and
when we got outside, we
discovered that other
residents of the estate were
trying to flee their homes as
well. But the fire was at the gate, so we had to climb the
fence. We ran to the bridge
and waited before the fire was
put out by the fire service."

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