Lagos Sheraton and the Tanker Explosion Story

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Posted by JUSTOURS                            Lagos Sheraton Hotels & Towers neighbours housed by Ogun State Property Investment Company (OPIC) Plaza were affected by a tanker laden with gas which caught fire and exploded destroying  properties, Thursday night. Three persons were feared dead.  The reports weren’t clear the following morning. Scanty news about the accident had it that Sheraton facilities were badly affected just as its guests were evacuated. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed that three bodies have been recovered from the scene of Thursday night’s tanker explosion on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja. Mum was the word about Sheraton which is beside the plaza that was razed down.                                              JUSTOURS contacted representatives for  Marriott for comment but there was no reply before press time. The Sheraton hotels in Nigeria are managed by the internationally hotel chain.

Ibrahim Farinloye, acting Zonal Coordinator, South-West Zonal Office, NEMA  however confirmed the development on Friday. He said that a Liquefied Petroleum Gas ( LPG) tanker had exploded while in motion at about 10.32 pm. Farinloye said the resulting fire travelled with the wind to OPIC Plaza which houses different commercial outfit,  including a Chinese Restaurant.

“We have so far recovered three bodies from the incident. The bodies were recovered from the generator house of OPIC Plaza and the restaurant. Search and rescue is still ongoing from the collapsed buildings,” he revealed.

He had earlier said the fire was put out at about 12.30 a.m. after concerted efforts of five fire trucks from Lagos State Fire Service and two trucks from Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Response Unit.

“The initial search and rescue activities revealed that 13 persons sustained various degrees of burns. Out of this, nine are males while four are females,” Farinloye said.

He added that the victims were given first aid at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), and four of them with severe injuries transferred to the Trauma and Burns Centre at Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos.

“Preliminary assessment on vehicles damaged indicated that about 25 were destroyed as of now. Comprehensive post-disaster assessment on the extent of general damages would be done later today,” stated Farinloye.                                   Contact us: just_tours@yahoo.com

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