One person has been reported killed and three trucks burnt in an early morning tanker fire at Oshodi area of Lagos.
According to PM News, the incident occurred around 1:45am on Tuesday by NAFDAC office, Oshodi.
It was learnt that a fuel tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) fell at a bend behind NAFDAC in Oshodi, spilling its content on the road, while an oncoming trailer, sensing danger stopped but a smaller truck thinking that the trailer was stationery tried to navigate by the trailer and with a spark from the vehicle’s silencer, fire broke out.
Michael Akindele, the GM of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), disclosed that the spark from the smaller truck’s silencer ignited the fire, adding that a man trying to scoop fuel from the spillage was burnt to death, while the drivers of the three vehicles escaped unhurt.
He said the three trucks were burnt by the fire but that the efforts of LASEMA officials, fire service men prevented the fire from spreading and causing more damage.
He warned Lagosians to be careful of scooping fuel whenever a tanker spilled its content as they would never know when it would result to fire, lamenting that the life loss could have been prevented if the man had not attempted to scoop fuel from the spillage.