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Petrol Tanker Crashes, Explodes At Nkwo Ogidi Market, Anambra |The Republican News

Aloysius Attah, Onitsha

An articulated tanker laden with 33,000 liters of petrol crashed into Nkwo Ogidi market, Idemili North LGA, bursting into flames and razing down about 17 shops with goods worth millions of naira.

An eye witness Chukwudi Arinze told Daily Sun that the vehicle at about 11 am was climbing a steep section of the Chinua Achebe bypass from the expressway through the International Building Materials Market, but could not get to the Ugwunwasike roundabout before the vehicle started rolling backwards.

The source said that when the tanker fell into the front shops of the market, the contents spilled onto the adjoining routes behind the market, where people began to scoop fuel from the scene shortly before the tanker exploded into flames.

Ogbuli Oby, a Fire Officer from the State Fire Service, said that his team responded immediately with the first fire truck stationed at the nearby building material market, also calling for reinforcement from Onitsha Main market and Okpoko  but the entire contents from the 3 trucks were dispensed while  the fire kept on  raging.

Line Chairman of the market, Valentine Nwabufo Okonkwo said he received a distress call over the incident but when he  got to the market, thick billows of smoke has already covered the entire area. He said 17 shops were destroyed completely while goods stocked by the owners who deal on different products have been damaged. He  said they are still taking stock and will assess the extent of damage when the fire is finally put off.

Transition Council Chairman of Idemili North LGA, Raphael Asha Nnabuife while lamenting the level of damages caused by the incident thanked God that no life was lost. He also expressed gratitude to the DPO Ogidi Police Division, CSP Mark Ijarafu and the men of the state fire service whom he noted that if not for their combined efforts, the fire would have escalated into other shops, adjoining buildings and offices within the area. The Council Chairman also cautioned drivers on the need to ensure that their vehicles were in top shape at all times attributing the cause of the crash to possible brake issue.

One of the victims of the fire, Mrs Miko Theresa said everything in her two shops stocked with computer materials were razed to ashes. She appealed to the state government to come to their aid.   (The Sun)

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Update: 21 Vehicles, 5 Motorbikes Burnt To Husks In FESTAC, Lagos Tanker Fire |RN

By PHILIP NWOSU

Twenty one vehicles including three commercial vehicles were among property destroyed by the fire from a fallen petroleum tanker, fully loaded with 33,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) or diesel.

Also, five commercial motorcycles (okada) were reduced to ashes, while an unidentified man sustained minor injury.

The owner of most of the burnt vehicles who Daily Sun learnt was not around when the fire started was called and he initiated efforts to salvage the remaining vehicles at his car mart.

They estimated the value of the burnt cars at about N100 million but declined to say if they had insurance or not.

Related: BREAKING NEWS: Fuel Tanker Spreads Agony In FESTAC, Lagos |The Republican News

The tanker had fallen close to the car dealer’s pool as the tanker lost control and balance adjacent the Festac Town link bridge that connects it to the Amuwo Odofin/Apple Junction highbrow street.

However, witnesses told Daily Sun that the incident occurred at about midday when the tanker heading towards the Apple Junction area detached from the head and fell at the foot of the Festac Town Link Bridge.

Sunnewsonline had broken the news immediately as we got calls from the scene.

The witness we spoke with at the scene later identified as Maxwell Onyedikachi explained that the tanker spilled its product on the road but fire was ignited when a commercial bus at the scene started its engine to flee the scene.

He revealed that the fallen tanker caused huge pandemonium as many business owners around the scene were confused and in terrible panic.

Motorists from the opposite side of the road abandoned their vehicles and flee when they were confronted with the huge flame emanating from the tanker.

Sunnewsonline learnt that the cars that were burnt were second hand vehicles displayed for sale, but most of the vehicles were burnt completely.

Exotic vehicles including five sport utility vehicles (SUV) were destroyed while the operators of the car mart were able to salvage few.

It was gathered that most of the vehicles could have been saved, but the owner who was to give authority to move the cars was not around when the fire started.

Also, another assistant at the mart was unable to hand over the keys of the vehicle for fear of thieves who may cash in on the pandemonium to help themselves.

Another witness who spoke on condition of anonymity said three persons, who were fleeing the scene of the fire, jumped into the lagoon but were later rescued by boat operators who were at the scene.

The General Manager Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu told us that investigation to unravel what really happened before the tanker exploded would be carried out by the police and other security agencies within the area.

The LASEMA General Manager said that it took the joint effort of all the security and safety agencies, including the Lagos State and the Federal Fire Services and LASEMA to put out the inferno at about 2.20pm.  (The Sun)

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BREAKING NEWS: Fuel Tanker Spreads Agony In FESTAC, Lagos |The Republican News

There is agony right now spreading uncontrollably as fire razes dozens of cars on the Festac Link Road, Lagos.

The tanker, laden with petroleum product, lost control on the link bridge and fell, spilling the content and an attendant inferno.

An eyewitness called to inform us that whereas occupants in nearby vehicles managed to escape, a lot of vehicles in the traffic and those parked nearby have been burnt to husks, and the fire still spreading.     (The Sun)

Details come later…

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