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just in: 20 vehicles and 4 motorcycles burn as tanker explodes in Festac fire outbreak today

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just in: 20 vehicles and 4 motorcycles burn as tanker explodes in Festac fire outbreak today

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A fire outbreak has occurred today, on the Festac link road, in Lagos.

A petrol tanker, lost control on the link bridge and fell, spilling its content and causing a fire outbreak.
An eyewitness speaking on the inferno said some passengers in nearby vehicles managed to escape. However, a lot of vehicles in the traffic and others parked nearby have been engulfed by the fire,  20 vehicles and four commercial motorcycles were burnt..
Fire fighters arrived at the scene about 30 minutes later but did not have enough water to quench the fire.
A witness, Mr Olufemi Popoola, said that the tanker, coming from Apple Junction and going to FESTAC Town was ascending the bridge but suddenly rolled back and fell.
The impact of the fall separated the tank from the body, resulting in an explosion, according to Popoola.
He said that some residents and passers-by attacked the fire with buckets of water to no avail.

Popoola , who lives in FESTAC, said that the fire from the tanker spilled over to nearby vehicles , forcing their occupants to run, abandoning them.
“The fire then spilled into a car shop on the foot of the bridge, burning some of the cars, while the attendants quickly drove out some.
“Furniture items, bags and boxes displayed for sale on the foot of the bridge all burnt,’’ according to popoola.
Source report that the vehicles burnt included a 2010 Toyota Highlander and a commercial bus.
The fire caused gridlock on the bridge and in the adjoining roads.
A crowd of affected persons and sympathisers gathered at the scene to lament the situation.
One of the owners of the burnt motorcycles, Mr Akuko Okoli, said that he narrowly escaped death.
It was not clear at the time of the report whether any life was lost to the fire.

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