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Two Dead, 30 Vehicles Burnt In Fire Outbreak In Ijegun Community

Ijegun community in Lagos state is currently on fire. According to residents of the community, some vandals destroyed a pipeline in the community which resulted in an explosion.
The fire was said to have erupted around 5am on Thursday after some individuals involved in oil bunkering finished scooping fuel from a vandalised pipeline in the area.
Residents were said to have scampered for safety after the pipelines exploded and a fire started spreading around the area.
According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the vandals had loaded a 33,000-litre capacity truck with premium motor spirit (PMS) and were loading a second one when security operatives intercepted them.
It was gathered that some vandals were engaged in bunkering activities at Fire Junction, Ijegun within the vicinity where an NNPC pipeline was buried. The vandals had already siphoned petrol into a 33,000litre tanker. While a second tanker of the same capacity was being loaded, security agencies suddenly intercepted the vandals,” Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu (pictured),  LASEMA boss, said.
While trying to escape from the security agencies, some of the siphoned fuel spilt into the drainage and the vandals were alleged to have set the spilt fuel on fire in a bid to deter the 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 2 fatalities and over 30 vehicles burnt.”
Operatives of the Lagos state fire service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Police Force and LASEMA are at the scene, trying to put out the fire.
An eyewitness, Babajide Lawal, said the noise of the explosion woke residents up in the neighbourhood, adding that casualties have been recorded.
Lawal said, “There is fire incident at Ijegun Last Bus Stop, in fact, no one can move near the place because the whole area is burning. What woke us up was the sound of the  explosion and when we came out to observe what happened, we saw the fire burning everywhere.”

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