Pipeline vandalism: 71 shops, 38 vehicles raze

An early morning fire explosion caused by pipeline vsndals destroyed at least 71 shops, 38 vehicles, a petrol station, a church, houses and other property at Abule-Egba area of Lagos on Wednesday.

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The explosion was cause by the activities of suspected bunkerers around the NNPC pipeline at Abule Egba in Ojokoro Local Council Development Area of the Lagos State.

Massive balls of fire from the inferno destroy properties worth millions of Naira.

The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu confirmed that 38 vehicles were raged in the inferno.

Tiamiyu was, however, quick to l add that no loss of lives were recorded.

”Several vehicles parked in a nearby filling station, were destroyed.

The LASEMA boss listed property destroyed in the inferno, that ravaged nine streets to comprised 38, four tricycles, 71 shops, 30 living rooms, two blocks of flats, one church auditorium among several other property.

According to him, LASEMA and other stakeholders responded to the fire explosion promptly.

He noted that no fatality was recorded while  the people injured were immediately attended to by the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) and the paramedics agency.

”On arrival at the incident scene, we noticed that the spillage from the bunkering activities came in contact with an ignitable source, the impact resulted in inferno as it ravaged several houses and cars.”

He said that the prompt intervention by the Lagos State Fire Servicemen and LASEMA Response Unit (LRU) fire men, who immediately deployed fire trucks and personnel to combat the inferno, helped in curtailing the further spread of the fire.

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The LASEMA boss also said that investigation was still ongoing to ascertain the cause and people involved in the incident.

He assuref Lagosians, particularly people residing in the area, that the situation has been put under control.

He said people should go about their normal business activities and that they should ensure they report any suspicious activities through the emergency toll free line 112/767 to avoid unfortunate incident such as this.

 

By our correspondent.

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