Emergency services in Lagos have successfully curtailed the pipeline fire that broke out at the Ekoro/Ile-Epo axis of Abule-Egba on Sunday.
This is according to a statement released by the Lagos State Emergency Agency and signed by its Public Affairs Officer, Nosa Okunbor.
The statement claimed that the “swift” response of LASEMA and other first responders led to the successful curtailment of the fire.
The statement also confirmed that two adults and a young person died in the inferno.
LASEMA said: “According to updated reports, the inferno has been completely put off with details revealing that the valve where the vandalised petroleum products emanated from, had been stopped cutting off supply totally from source at the NNPC Station.
“This collaborative act by the NNPC eased the entire recovery process in no small measure, as supply of the highly inflammable fluid was cut off at source which contributed immensely to curtailing the resultant fire from acts of the pipeline vandals.
“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 lives were lost to the inferno, with 11 trucks laden with 40feet containers destroyed, while about Seven buildings were razed down by the inferno.
“However no injuries were recorded by the responders during the operation in which LASEMA combined efforts of it’s Lagos West Response Unit, the Dolphin and that of the Command Control Center Tiger Squads, LASEMA Fire Team, as well as the Lagos State and Federal Fire Services, the RRS and other relevant safety and security agencies were responders.”