A huge fire at Ijegun, Lagos has killed two people and burnt over 30 vehicles after suspected vandals opened the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation pipeline.
Suspected pipeline vandals were said to have ignited the fire at about 5am on Thursday at Fire Junction, Ijegun, in a bid to prevent security operatives from pursuing them.
According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, the vandals had siphoned Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, into a 33,000 litre capacity tanker and were loading a second one when security operatives intercepted them.
LASEMA, boss, Femi Oke-Osanyetolu said the vandals spilled some of the PMS which entered drainages while fleeing and allegedly lit a fire that trailed the spilled content.
“While trying to escape from security agencies, some of the siphoned fuel spilled into the drainage and the vandals were alleged to have set the spilled fuel on fire in a bid to deter security agencies from apprehending them.
“The fire then spread back to the pipeline, the point where the vandals had siphoned the fuel and exploded with escalating fire which led to two fatalities and over 30 vehicles burnt.
“The actual loss will be determined upon conducting post disaster enumeration after the fire has been put out. Responders at the scene include Lagos State Fire Service, Police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.,” said the officer.