‘No Life Lost’: LASEMA Says As Fire Guts Ketu Plank Market

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No casualties were recorded following the fire that gutted the Ketu plank market in Lagos State.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) stated this on Sunday while noting that the fire started from one part of the market.

According to the DG, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, no life was lost and no one was injured in the incident. Goods were, however, destroyed.

Oke-Osanyintolu further stated that emergency responders comprising the LASEMA team and the Lagos State Fire Service have pt out the raging inferno.

According to the LASEMA boss, a trailer that was caught up in the inferno has also been evacuated from the road to a layby.

He, therefore, urged members of the public to exercise caution at all times especially when dealing with heavy-duty equipment or machinery.

 

Driver Flees As Petrol Tanker Falls, Spills Content On Lagos Road

The scene of the accident at the Tincan area of Lagos State on December 25, 2020. Credit: LASEMA

 

A petrol tanker has fallen around the Sunrise area of Tincan, in Lagos State, spilling its content on the ground with the driver of the vehicle at large

Confirming the incident on Friday via Twitter, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said agency response team and other responders are firmly on the ground to curtail any secondary incident.

“Efforts are ongoing by the owners of the tanker to transload the remaining contents; however the driver Of the tanker has fled the scene, therefore, making it difficult to locate the owners,” LASEMA said.

“Officials of NUPENG are doing everything within their purview to facilitate the transloading. The agency response team and other responders are firmly on the ground to curtail any secondary incident.”

The truck was said to have upturned after the driver rammed into a pothole around 7.30 am, and the content being conveyed to a destination in the state, spilt on the road.

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Fire Guts Multiple Vehicles Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The scene of the tanker explosion on Kara Bridge of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway.

 

Multiple vehicles were engulfed in a fire that started on Saturday morning along the Kara Bridge section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

According to eyewitnesses, the fire was triggered by an explosion from a petrol tanker.

The number of human casualties could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

The Nigerian police and Federal Road Safety Corps officials have arrived at the scene to put the situation under control.

The incident led to heavy traffic on that section of the expressway on Saturday morning.

Tanker related accidents are common along Kara Bridge. On July 17, two trucks and a fully-loaded fuel tanker were in collision, resulting in major gridlock for commuters.

At least one person was confirmed dead on June 21, after a petrol tanker, a gas truck, and a cement transport truck collided on the bridge.

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Updated: Six Dead, Others Injured As Building Collapses In Lagos

Rescue workers at the scene of the building collapse in Obalende on October 11.

 

Six persons have died and five others severely injured after a building collapsed in the Obalende area of Lagos State on Sunday

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

Ten others equally sustained minor injuries during the incident, the agency added.

According to the agency, the building located at No. 60 Odo Street, Obalende, Eti-Osa, was under construction when it collapsed partially and explained that the fatalities include one woman and five men.

“The emergency response plan has been activated and all responders are en route the scene,” DG/CEO LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, said.

He also urged residents to remain calm and keep away from the area.

This comes just weeks after a three-storey building collapsed in the Ejigbo area of the state.

 

UPDATED: At Least 16 Persons Critically Injured As Gas Tanker Explodes In Lagos

 

A gas tanker exploded on Thursday in the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos, leaving at least 16 persons critically injured and scores of building and cars destroyed.

Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

The LASEMA boss said efforts are being made by his men to put out the resulting fire from the explosion with support from the Lagos State Fire Service, the Nigeria Police Force, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

On Twitter, the emergency agency asked Lagosians to remain calm.

A gas explosion occurred in the Iju area of Lagos on September 24, 2020.
A gas explosion occurred in the Iju area of Lagos on September 24, 2020.

 

 

According to LASEMA investigations, an unknown truck conveying gasoline had a lone accident and exploded.

“The impact of the explosion led to fire on adjoining buildings and several vehicles burnt,” the agency said. “Several persons were injured and have been taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.”

A Damaged Tanker?

Speaking to Channels Television on Thursday at the site of the explosion, LASEMA’s Director of Operations, Engr Olatunde Akinsanya said 16 persons have been confirmed to be critically injured and taken to the Iju Water Works clinic.

Akinsanya added that the gas tanker explosion took place at about 3:30 pm.

Several buildings and cars were destroyed after a gas tanker exploded in Lagos on September 24, 2020.
Several buildings and cars were destroyed after a gas tanker exploded in Lagos on September 24, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun

 

The tanker was supposed to off load its content at a gas station, but the station’s owner reportedly refused to allow him because a seal had been broken, indicating that the content had been tampered with.

Enraged by the refusal of the station manager to off load the content in his tanker, the driver moved out of the premises.

A few meters away from the gas station, the front tire of the tanker burst and the gear box struck the ground causing a spark which led to an explosion when it came in contact with gas that was leaking from the tanker.

The vehicle ended in a ditch, where a second explosion erupted.

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the second explosion sent the tanker flying and destroying buildings in its path, including a church.

The impact of the explosion spread about 300 radii from the scene of the incident, the LASEMA official said.

It was not yet clear at the time of reporting this story whether the driver of the tanker was still alive as he seemed to have sustained third-degree burns.

Two Killed As Vehicles Collide With Train In Oshodi

Scene of the accident.

 

Two passengers were killed on Monday after a bus and a highlander Jeep collided with a moving commuter train at PWD inward Oshodi, Lagos.

The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu who confirmed the incident said the bus with six passengers suddenly veered onto the tracks and collided with the train.

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“The agency received distress calls at 8.12 am on the above. Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that a passenger motor GGE 972 GE with six passengers had veered onto the train tracks while crossing the rail at PWD inward Oshodi and subsequently collided with a scheduled commuter train,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

The two vehicles were then dragged along for a stretch of the journey before the train managed to come to a complete halt.

The Agency was able to successfully extricate a total of eight passengers, six with minor injuries were provided with on-site medical care while two males including a 20-year old sustained severe injuries and were taken to LASUTH for further treatment. The other adult male subsequently lost his life

The accident vehicles were recovered off the road with the aid of the Agency’s Light rescue equipment while traffic management measures were put in place by the emergency responders, alongside taskforce officials and Nigeria Police.

Members of the public, especially drivers of commuter buses are advised to obey traffic regulations to prevent loss of life, injuries, and transport delays.

-More Casualties, Death Recorded-

Additional investigations by LASEMA reveal that a third vehicle, a highlander Jeep was also involved in the collision and its passengers (two adult males) sustained serious injuries before being transported to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.

The DG of LASEMA confirmed that one passenger has lost his life and been placed in the hospital morgue while the other is still undergoing treatment.

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Photos From Scene Of Oshodi Accident

 

One passenger was killed on Monday after a bus and a highlander Jeep collided with a moving commuter train in the Oshodi area of Lagos State.

The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu announced that the accident occurred after the bus with six passengers suddenly veered onto the tracks and collided with the train.

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A highlander Jeep was also involved in the collision and its passengers (two adult males) sustained serious injuries before being transported to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.

Oke-Osanyintolu confirmed that one passenger lost his life and been placed in the hospital morgue while the other is still undergoing treatment.

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Two Killed, Six Injured As Trucks Collide With Bus In Lagos

The scene of the accident in Anthony area of Lagos State. Credit: LASEMA.

 

Two persons were killed and six injured in a road accident in the Anthony area of Lagos State.

Channels Television learned that the accident occurred when four vehicles involving two trucks, a tanker and a commercial bus had a collision.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Wednesday by Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu.

“The agency received distress calls about the above incident and upon arrival at the scene of incident, discovered that a four (4) vehicle accident had occurred comprising two tipper trucks, one with registration number AKM-741ZT, a second tipper with unknown registration number, a loaded tanker with unknown registration number and  commercial bus with unknown registration,” the statement partly read.

Oke-Osanyitolu explained that emergency responders comprising the Nigeria Police, Fire Service, LRU Fire Unit joined LASEMA at the scene of the incident.

 

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 Preliminary report on Road Traffic Accident around Anthony (inward Gbagada)

The agency received distress calls about the above incident and upon arrival at the scene of incident, discovered that a four (4) vehicle accident had occurred comprising two tipper trucks, one with registration number AKM-741ZT, a second tipper with unknown registration number, a loaded tanker with unknown registration number and  commercial bus with unknown registration.

The resultant collision, a result of reckless driving left occupants of the bus trapped within. With the use of the agency’s light rescue equipment, six (6) people were extricated from the bus. They were found to have sustained varying degrees of injuries and unfortunately two (2) adult female lost their lives at the scene of incident.

Agency responders, the LRU ambulance, Lasambus, Nigeria Police, Lagos Fire service and LRU fire unit were joint responders at the scene of incident.

Operation is ongoing.

Updates will follow

Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu

DG/CEO LASEMA

Lagos Helicopter Crash: AIB Recovers Blackbox, Begins Investigation

 

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has recovered the BlackBox of the helicopter that crashed into a residential building in Lagos State on Friday. 

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) are moving the wreckage from the scene of the incident as an investigation into the crash begins.

While confirming the incident, the Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Femi Osanyintolu disclosed that two persons died from the crash with one other critically wounded.

LASEMA DG giving an update about the crash.

 

“At about 12noon, we received a distress call in our command and control centre that there was a helicopter mishap and immediately we activated the Lagos state emergency response team,” he explained.

“We were able to rescue one person alive and he has been transferred to the Lagos State Teaching Hospital where he is receiving adequate treatment, but it is pertinent to note that we recovered two bodies and they have been deposited at the mortuary.

“Based on the investigation carried out, it was due to the impact that led to their mortalities.”

Rescue workers at the crash site.

 

Dr Osanyintolu stressed that people on the ground were not affected by the crash.

The helicopter, a Bell 206, with registration number 5N BQW belongs to Quorum Aviation and came in from Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital with two crew members and a passenger.

‘Big Sound, Thick Smoke’

An eyewitness identified as Adepeju Johnson narrated that she was in her residence when she heard the noise from the helicopter blades but was not sure what it was.

At first, Adepeju thought it was about to rain but moments later, she saw some thick black smoke and heard a loud noise between her building and that of her daughter-in-law.

“This one landed where it was least expected,” she said.  “Unfortunately, the helicopter was between my house and my daughter-in-law’s house.

“There was a big sound I’ve never heard in my life, there was thick smoke, but there was no fire. All I have to do is to thank God because it did not land on the roof.”

 

 

 

 

 

Again, Fallen Container Claims Two Lives In Lagos

Recovery of the truck at Mile 2. Credit: LASEMA

 

Tragedy struck yet again late on Friday night at Odo-Olowu bus stop, Ijesha, along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, when a container fell off a truck and crushed two young women to death.  

According to the Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, the incident occurred around 10.45 p.m.

He said emergency responders have recovered the bodies and taken them to a morgue.

He explained that a truck, loaded with an empty 40-foot container, suddenly suffered brake failure and rammed into another stationary truck, and the container fell off killing the two women

However, the driver of the truck was rescued by LASEMA personnel, who took him to a hospital.

The latest container accident occurred near the same spot where 27-year-old Chidinma Ajoku and her colleague were also killed in a similar fashion on July 26 after an unlatched container fell on a vehicle they were travelling in.

 

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Mile 2 Truck Accident …LASEMA saves one, recovers two fatalities

The Agency received a distress call via the emergency tow free line and activated its response team, Eagle Squad to the scene of a truck accident at Odo Olowu Bus-stop, Ijesha inward Mile 2 at the wee hours of Friday night, 21st August, 2020.

Upon the arrival of the Team at the scene of incident, it was discovered that a truck loaded with an empty Forty Feet Container had a brake failure and rammed into a commercial truck parked at the above mentioned location.

The driver of the truck was rescued by LASEMA Response Team, LRT and was taken to the nearest hospital by the Agency’s Ambulance. Unfortunately, two female adults lost their lives and were bagged and handed over to the State Health Monitoring Unit, SEHMU.

The Agency’s Response Team and the Nigeria Police Officers were responders at the scene who worked together to recover the accidented truck off the road with the aid of Agency’s Heavy duty equipment, Forklift and was towed to Okota Police Station.

In the same vein, the Agency activated its Cobra Squad at Onipanu Base, to a fire outbreak at Harvey Roaad Health Centre, Yaba. Upon arrival at the scene of incident, it was discovered that a storey containerized structure where hospital files are stored was gutted by fire as a result of electrical surge.

However, no loss of life nor injury sustained at the scene of incident. The fire was put out by the combined effort of LASEMA Response and Lagos State Fire Service.

At another fire outbreak at Teju Foam Company, Ilupeju, the Eagle Squad, LASEMA Fire Unit together with the Lagos State Fire Service were able to suppress the fire from escalating further.

Though the cause of the fire is unknown, the Eagle Squad discovered that the fire affected the Tailoring section, Blocking section, Galaxy department, Cutting section and stacking Section.

Responders at the scene were LRT, LRU FIRE, LASG FIRE and the Nigeria Police Force.

 

Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu

DG/CEO LASEMA

22nd August, 2020

Diesel-Laden Truck Crashes In Apapa After Brake Failure

FILE: This picture shows a heavy-duty truck at the scene of an accident involving a petrol-laden tanker in the Mile 2 area of Lagos on August 7, 2020.

 

A truck ferrying Automotive Gas Oil, also known as diesel, has crashed in the Apapa area of Lagos State after its brakes failed in transit.

The incident was confirmed by the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu in a statement on Thursday.

According to the agency, no deaths or injuries were recorded in the incident.

“Distress calls were received at 12.05 am concerning the above incident and upon arrival at the above-mentioned scene, it was confirmed that a truck with an unknown registration number loaded with AGO had fallen due to suspected brake failure,” the LASEMA statement said.

“This resulted in the obstruction of free vehicular activities along the corridor.

“A multi-stakeholder team comprising Agency responders, LRU Firefighters, Lagos State Fire Service, LASTMA, LSNC, and the Nigerian Police worked together to evacuate the impediment off the road.

“The Agency heavy-duty equipment (Super metro) was used for Recovery, while the area has been blanketed to prevent any secondary incident. The operation concluded with no loss of life or injury.”

Apapa, which is host to some of the largest ports in the country, is notorious for its truck accidents despite several interventions by State and Federal governments to find lasting solutions to its poor road network.

Fire Razes Mattress Market In Mushin

Tragedy struck in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State when fire razed a mattress market in the community.

The Lagos State Emergency  Management Agency (LASEMA) confirmed the incident to journalists.

In a statement issued by the Director-General of the agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu the outbreak occurred around 1 pm at 16, Ladipo Street in Mushin.

Oke-Osanyintolu explained that first responders including LASEMA operatives have been deployed in the scene to prevent the fire from escalating to adjoining buildings.

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“The agency received distress calls to the 767/112 and responded to a report on the above. Upon arrival at the scene of the incident, it was discovered that a mattress shop was the initial source of the fire.

“The flames subsequently escalated to other closely adjoining shops and the joint responders led by the Agency DG/CEO, Nigeria Police, LASG fire, LRU fire, LNSC  worked together to curtail the inferno from escalating to more adjoining buildings.

“There have been severe operational challenges due to huge crowds who have failed to comply with authorities and maintain appropriate distance for responders to work freely,” the statement partly read.

Although the statement did not state whether there was any loss of human life following the fire outbreak, Channels Television learnt properties were lost.

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