Abule Egba: Three Confirmed Dead as Pipeline Explodes in Lagos

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Three persons have been confirmed dead in the fire outbreak that occurred at the Abule-Egba area of Lagos on Sunday night.

The inferno, which began around 8.02pm, and was still raging as of the time of filing this report, with sources alleging that it was caused by the activities of vandals, who allegedly ruptured the pipeline in a bid to steal fuel.

Seven buildings, including an hotel was completely destroyed by the fire.

An eyewitness, who identified himself simply as Ito, said the incident had created tension in the community, adding that many residents abandoned their homes for fear of being burnt.

Public Affairs Officer of LASEMA, Nosa Okunbor, speking to newsmen stated that the valve where the vandalised petroleum product emanated from had been stopped, cutting off supply totally from source at NNPC station.

He said, “Though preliminary report on the Ilepo fire outbreak had it that it was a pipeline fire which cause could not be ascertained, however, situational report from further investigations later revealed that the inferno was as a result of pipeline vandalism.

“Going further, the report have it that two adults and one young male lost their lives to the inferno, with 11 trucks laden with 40feet containers destroyed, while about seven buildings were destroyed by the inferno.” 

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