Ogun: Petrol Tanker Explodes At NNPC Filling Station Alagbole-Akute Road {Photos}

In this photo taken on March 6, 2021, firefighters are making effort to put out the fire that resulted from a tanker explosion along the Alagbole-Akute road in Ogun State. Credits: Channels TV/ Taiwo Adesina.

A petrol-laden tanker has exploded at Ajayi Farm Bus-Stop along the Alagbole-Akute Road in Ogun State.

Sources said the incident occurred very early on Saturday morning at the retail station of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the area.

During a visit to the scene of the fire incident, witnesses told our source that the tanker had come to the NNPC facility to supply petrol.

One of the attendants who does not want his name disclosed revealed that the truck was discharging its content before the incident occurred.

According to him, the truck had off-loaded its first compartment and while discharging the content in its second compartment, there was a spark at the underground storage tank.

In the process, the storage tank was gutted by fire and melted the hose being used to off-load the content of the truck.

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A photo taken on March 6, 2021 shows the opening to the underground storage tank at the NNPC retail station along the Alagbole-Akute road in Ogun State.
Credit: Channels TV/ Taiwo Adesina.

In a bid to prevent the inferno from causing more damage, the driver of the truck was said to have jumped into the vehicle and moved it to the road, away from the filling station where the tanker exploded moments later.

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Witnesses said the fire started at about 6:45am while the firefighters were immediately contacted, and they arrived at the scene at about 7:23am.

No injury or death was recorded as a result of the incident.

The incident occurred in a border community with Lagos while the firefighters seen at the scene were officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

Officials of the Federal Fire Service were also said to have arrived at the scene of the incident shortly after the fire had been put out.

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In this photo taken on March 6, 2021, firefighters are making effort to put out the fire that resulted from a tanker explosion along the Alagbole-Akute road in Ogun State.
Credits: Channels TV/ Taiwo Adesina.