Three bodies have been recovered from the scene of a tanker explosion that occurred in the early hours of Friday, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said .
Acting Zonal Coordinator, South West Zonal Office, NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, said the fire happened on Bank Anthony Way, opposite Sheralton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State.
According to him, the bodies were recovered from the generator house of OPIC Plaza and a restaurant.
He further noted that search and rescue is still ongoing from the collapsed buildings.
“We have so far recovered three bodies from the incident.
“The yet to be identified bodies were recovered from the generator house of OPIC Plaza and the restaurant.
“Search and rescue is still ongoing from the collapsed buildings.
“The initial search and rescue activities revealed that 13 persons sustained various degrees of burns. Out of this, nine are males while four are females,” Farinloye said.
According to him, the LPG tanker exploded at about 1032hour on Thursday on the Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way opposite Sheraton hotels and Towers. Ikeja.
The explosion was alleged to have been caused by unconfirmed leakage while on motion. ..
The resulting fire travelled with the wind to the premises of Ogun State Property Investiment Company (OPIC) Plaza besides Sheraton Hotel.
OPIC housed different commercial outfits including Chinese Restaurant.
Providing an update on the fire incident, he said, “The fire was put out at about 0030hours after the Concerted efforts of five fire trucks from Lagos State Fire Service and 2 trucks from LASEMA Response Unit.
“The initial search and Rescue activities revealed that 13 persons sustained various degree of burns. Out of this, 9 are males while 4 are females.
“The affected victims are being attended to at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for First Aid while they will be transfered to Burn Centre, General Hospital, Gbagada, Lagos State .
“Preliminary assessment on vehicles damaged indicated that about 25 were burnt as at now.
Comprehensive post disaster assessment on the extent of general damages would be done later today.
“ Only 4 of the critically injured were transferred to Burn Centre, General Hospital Gbagada at about 0230hours today.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Hakim Odumosu was at hand who took charge in Crowd control and normalise the situation for a successful operations.
NEMA, LASTMA, State Fire Service, FRSC and NSCDC were at the scene
“Three dead bodies being recovered now.”