Tragedy averted as bus bursts into flames in Lagos
It was a near-death experience for a commercial driver of a 14-seater bus belonging to Edobor Line, Godday Uzuem who was on his way from Mile2, Lagos after dropping off passengers that boarded the vehicle from Edo State to Lagos.
The vehicle, which took the efforts of members of the OK Foods security team and traders of the Ladipo Auto spare parts market, to put out the fire, had gone up in flames at around 5:20p.m at Toyota bus stop.
Even after the vehicle was burning for almost an hour, men of the Lagos State Fire Service whose station is just opposite the scene refused to come to the scene. While the driver was weeping over the incident, some young men around started stealing some parts of the bus.
Narrating the event, Uzuem while speaking to The Guardian, said, “I was on my way from Mile-2 to Ogba where I am to pick up passengers when all of a sudden, I saw smoke coming from my bus and I decided to stop. Immediately I opened the bonnet, I saw fire coming out. I tried to remove the battery head but was unable to.
I tried to use my fire extinguisher but it was not working and others also came out with extinguisher but they were not working and before help came, the vehicle had burnt.
There was no sign of danger before I got here, I drove from Ekpoma this morning and the vehicle was fine.”