By Sunday Rotilefon in Lagos
Less than a week after a similar accident occurred in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, resulting in loss of property worth millions of naira, another tanker fell on Saturday morning around Idimu bus stop, near Egbeda, a suburb of Lagos, emptying its contents and sparking off a big inferno.
The trailer was loaded with diesel. The fire consumed at least 36 houses, many shops and several vehicles around the bus stop and in the adjourning streets where the diesel spilled into.
WESTERN POST learnt that the accident occurred around 12.30 am on Saturday.
Spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, said no casualty was recorded in the crash.
He said by Saturday morning, the situation had been brought under control, the fire put out and that what was left was just the clearing of the debris.
Farinloye said there were two accounts of what led to the crash.
“One account said two trailers were battling for space on the road and by the time they got to Idimu bus stop, one of them lost control of the vehicle and fell on the road. The other had it that two smaller vehicles and buses were competing for space with the trailer leading to the accident,” he said.
He said a woman selling beans cake around the bus stop provided ammunition to ignite fire from the contents of the vehicles, which spilled on the road and gutters around the area.
Several streets in the neighborhood were not spared from the raging inferno.
Men of the Lagos State Fire Service and other officials of other government outfits attracted to the scene by the raging inferno helped to put the fire out eventually on Saturday morning.
And it was then that the people of the area began to count their losses.
The Idimu petrol tanker crash is the second in less than one week in Lagos, following the one recorded in Iyana-Ipaja, another suburb of Lagos, which also destroyed not less than 30 houses, 20 shops and 32 vehicles. No life was also lost in that accident.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who visited the scene of the fire promised to ensure that a stop is put to tanker accident in the state.
He said the government would meet on Monday to take a decision on what to do immediately.