Businesses and lives are in danger and cars burnt as a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tanker exploded at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, opposite Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday night.
The tanker was said to have exploded and caught fire at about 10.32 pm on Thursday and the explosion caused serious damages to Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja Lagos State.
Guests at Sheraton were hurriedly evacuated to safety.
The acting Zonal Coordinator, South-West Zonal Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ikeja on Friday that the explosion was alleged to have been caused by leakage while the LPG tanker was in motion.
According to him: “The resulting fire travelled with the wind to the premises of Ogun State Property Investment Company (OPIC) Plaza besides Sheraton Hotels, which houses different commercial outfits including a Chinese Restaurant.”
“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,” he said.
According to Farinloye, the affected victims were given First Aid at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
Farinloye said the fire was extinguished at about 12.30 am with the arrival of five fire trucks from the Lagos State Fire Service and two trucks from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Response Unit.