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Iju-Ishaga tanker explosion: 30 injured, 23 buildings, 15 vehicles destroyed – Official


People try to salvage valuables from buildings on fire after a tanker laden with gas exploded and left over a dozen of people critically injured and several buildings and vehicles burnt at Iju Ishaga in Lagos, on September 24, 2020. – A tanker conveying gasoline exploded at Iju-Ishaga district of Lagos, leaving over a dozen of persons critically injured and several buildings and vehicles destroyed. The gas explosion which was reported to have killed 1 and injured about a dozen of victims according to Lagos State Emergency Response Unit. (Photo by KOLA SULAIMON / AFP)

The Director-General, Lagos Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu has confirmed that 30 adults were injured, 23 buildings and 15 vehicles were also destroyed by the Iju-Ishaga tanker explosion.

Oke-Osanyintolu made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after putting out the fire at about 6:00 pm on Thursday in Lagos.

According to him, the post-disaster assessment regarding Iju-Ishaga is as follows: two Residential buildings, one
Church, one Event Centre, four Commercial buildings, a market consisting of 15 shanty shops, 11 Cars, two Mini trucks, one bus, one Heavy-duty Truck were destroyed.

Oke-Osanyintolu said that this brought the total number of properties destroyed to 23 buildings and 15 Vehicles.
He said that the inferno had been put out completely, while a total of 30 casualties recorded in the accident consist of 20 adult Males and 10 adult Females.

He said that that the Agency responded to the distress calls concerning the tanker explosion, which was confirmed that 30 tonnes of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Tanker being operated by Mana Gas Ltd were involved in an explosion, which destroyed several vehicles, X and Y Event Centre and a Plank market in that axis.

LASEMA boss said that responders discovered that a compromised seal device by the truck driver had led to gradual leakages, which ignited when the tyres burst.

He said that 28 of the injured victims had been taken to various nearby hospitals including Iju Waterworks Clinic, while the remaining two victims, who were in critical condition had been referred to General Hospital, Ikeja.

He, however, said that responders at the scene of incidence were: LASEMA Combined responders, the Agency’s Tiger Squad, LRU Paramedics, LRU Fireteam, LASG Fire Service, Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Red Cross.

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