Millions Of Naira Lost As Tanker Fire Razes Shops, Vehicles In Iyana-Ipaja

By Bidemi Olubunmi –


The people of Iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos had their sleep cut short early Tuesday, 2 June, 2015, as a tanker carrying petrol fell of the over-head bridge, spilling its contents and exploded in fire, which destroyed property worth millions ‎of Naira.

The number of lives lost have not been confirmed but about 40 shops and 21 vehicles were burnt to ashes.

The inferno occurred barely barely 48 hours after about 69 persons were burnt to death Sunday night when a similar petrol-laden tanker, descending from Army Barracks side of Onitsha-Enugu Expressway, lost control and rammed into the Asaba Motor Park at Upper Iweka in Onitsha before exploding.

An eye witness told that the tanker fell of the Iyana-Ipaja bridge around 1 am, and the resultant inferno destroyed more than five streets in the area.

It was gathered that the Lagos fire service and security operatives hurriedly moved to the scene to put off the flames but the damage had been done before they could salvage the situation.

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