The NEMA boss said the tanker was attempting to enter a fuel plant in Iju when the explosion occurred. Faruloye said, “Fifteen persons were admitted to the Iju Waterworks Clinic, of which two were referred to the Basic Hospital, three with critical remarks and ten currently being handled.”
As it was at the time of scripting this report, dense smoke was still accumulating in the space, with rescuers still battling to remove the rusted chimney.
In response to the residents, the tanker explosion affected a nearby fuel station, which immediately turned on a hellhole affecting an auxiliary plank market. The rescue operation did not begin until 30 minutes after it began. At the time of presenting this report, a plank market and an opportunity center are completely in ruins.
An eyewitness Ikechukwu said, “We heard a loud sound around 03:30 pm. And we all suddenly saw smoke. The explosion is huge and we are not positive about the casualties, although many people have been injured. . ”
Another eyewitness, Chiyo Amadi, who was still getting smart with the shock of the explosion, said: “I used to drive together with the Balogun / Selle bus, probably hearing the most deafening sound in my life. It was adopted by a mad crowd from the filling station. I could not go back because there were different automobiles behind it. The following factor that we noted was the thick smoke that accompanied the fireball.
‘At this stage, everyone started working. I left my car and ran away. Six people were knocked unconscious before rescue workers arrived. However, three of them stopped breathing. A nurse who was at her option to work said that they were useless but still instructed us to take them to the hospital. So many people were injured. Some people were burnt while some accidents occurred due to stampede ‘.
A preliminary investigation by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) additionally revealed that the fuel tanker was related to a lone accident that exploded. A scenario report by LASEMA’s Head of Public Affairs, Noosa Okubor stated: “On arrival on the scene it was observed that there was a fuel explosion on the said tackle.
‘Additional investigation has revealed that an accident occurred and exploded in the truck sending gasoline. The explosion caused a fire in the surrounding buildings and burnt many vehicles. Some people were injured and were taken to the nearest hospital for treatment. Banka is being beheaded by the mixed efforts of LASEMA Response Crew, LRU Chulha, LASG Fire Service, Nigeria Police Force, and NSCDC. ‘