Many Feared Killed As Pipeline Fire Engulfs Lagos

Many people are feared killed in an ongoing fire incident that has engulfed the Last Bus Stop Area of Ijegun, in the Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, on Thursday.

The Punch reports that some suspected bunkers were on their way out after scooping fuel from a vandalised pipeline in the community when one of their tankers fell and spilled fuel.

The fuel spillage was said to have caused the fire incident that has engulfed the Last Bus Stop area as residents had been running helter-skelter for safety, abandoning their properties in the process.

As of the time of filing this report, the figure of the casualties and burnt properties could not be ascertained, as the flames had prevented people from gaining access to the area to examine the situation.

An eyewitness, Babajide Lawal, said residents had ignored the sound of gun fire at midnight, but the noise of the explosion woke them up in the neighbourhood, adding that casualties have been recorded.

Lawal said, “There is fire incident at Ijegun Last Bus Stop, in fact, no one can move near the place because the whole area is burning. What woke us up was the sound of explosion and when we came out to observe what happened, we saw the fire burning everywhere.”

(The Punch)

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