Several houses and shops have been consumed by an raging inferno after a diesel-laden truck crashed and burst into flame in the Idimu, Egbe Idimu Local Council Development Area of Lagos shortly around 12.10am on Saturday.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said the fire outbreak was caused by the fire of a Suya(roasted peppery meat) seller, which ignited the content spilling out of a fuel tanker.
The truck had crashed along the Egbeda-Idimu road around midnight on Friday.
Head of Operations, LASEMA, Femi Giwa, said this at the scene of the crash today.
Giwa, who explained that 34 shops and 70 houses “were affected” by the tanker fire, said after the fuel truck crashed, it spilled its contents into the surrounding areas but burst into flames when the fuel flowed into the Suya seller’s spot.
He said 10 houses out of the affected buildings were “completely destroyed”.
He added that two fully-loaded tankers as well as some commercial bus drivers had attempted to outrun one another along Idimu Road.
“The tanker at the back, that is the second one, fell and crashed into a building, but the impact was reduced by the culvert. The content(of the tanker) then spilled and was ignited by the flames of a suya seller nearby,” Giwa said.