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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Tanker Inferno: Residents Cry Out Over Explosion Trauma



Some residents, artisans and business operators around the Otedola area, venue of the disaster have expressed their worries and fears over the persistent crashes that usually resulted in loss of lives and property.

They told Punch correspondents who visited the area on Saturday that they had yet to recover from the trauma of the tanker fire explosion that occurred on Thursday evening.
Some residents, who spoke with our correspondents, narrated their ordeal and how they are still experiencing shock over the unfortunate development, especially when they actually saw people burning inside their own vehicles, without any help.
They said their fears stemmed out of the fact that they could have been victims of the same incident if the fire had extended into their estate.
A resident, who simply identified himself as Tare, said he was not at home when the incident occurred. He nevertheless said he was yet to recover from the shock.
He said,
“I was at the office when a friend called to say that the Boko Haram insurgents had invaded my estate. I was in panic until I called home and they told me what exactly happened.”
Another resident, Patience Joseph, who had a shop in front of her house, said that she was in the shop when she heard the explosion and fled.
She said,
“I was sitting in the shop when I heard the sound of the explosion, I immediately ran inside my house. I immediately ran outside again looking for how to escape.
“Despite the distance from the fire, the heat could kill and that was why most of us evacuated from our homes at that moment. The heat was affecting our skin as if we were inside the fire.
“I have not recovered from the trauma that came with it. Whenever I see a tanker passing now, I always feel like there was going to be another explosion. I just pray that we never witness such incident again in this country.”
A tricycle operator, Segun Ayo, said the heat of the fire affected him because he was still close to the gate of the estate, when the tanker exploded.
“The heat from the fire was something else; I am still rubbing something on my hand. I am very happy that I was not caught up by the fire. Sometimes, the scene of the incident still flashes in my mind and I can’t but fear.
“I believe some people died as a result of the smoke because the smoke was so thick that the rescue workers had to give us nose-guards to prevent us from inhaling terrible odour,” Ayo added.
A vulcaniser in the area, Babatunde Ojo, said,
“It was a horrible sight especially when we were counting the number of cars that were burning. That day was not a good day. It would take a long time to erase such a horrible experience from my memory.”

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