Traders and owners of shops destroyed by petrol tanker fire at Idimu, a Lagos suburb, in the early hours of Saturday, have started count their losses.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that an early morning petrol fire occurred in the wee hours of Saturday at Idimu intersection, destroying property worth millions of naira.
About 34 buildings, 70 shops, one tricycle and one truck were consumed by the fire ignited by a fallen petrol-laden tanker, according to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).
The traders, who rushed to their business premises at day break, were shocked at the level of destruction of their property.
Some of the traders, especially women sobbed uncontrollably as they formed circles around their ravaged shops, talking to no one in particular.
They lamented that the fire had ruined them as they had just taken delivery of the goods destroyed by the fire.
Mr Lekan Salami, who sells provisions in two shops destroyed by the inferno, told NAN:“Everything in my shops had been burnt.
“My wife has just been delivered of a baby yesterday and I have just stocked my shop with variety of goods and provisions.
“Where do I begin from again, who will I cry to for help?”
An eyewitness, who simply identified himself as Baba Haliyu, said the petrol tanker collided with another articulated truck and skipped off the road.
“The tanker while trying to struggle with another trailer, hit the pole in front of a mosque, skipped off the road and immediately exploded,” he said.
Another resident, Mrs Aisha Olaniran, also told NAN that the driver absconded immediately the accident occurred.
“We thank God that the explosion happened at night because the area, being a market square, is always busy with men and women doing shopping while commercial buses also queue there for passengers.” (NAN)