Fire service foils gas explosion in Ilorin

Kwara Fire Service in the early hours of Friday rescued a tanker loaded with Butane Gas from explosion at Challenge Roundabout, Ilorin.

It was gathered that the articulated truck carrying “Butane gas” had a malfunction around the Police A division area near the Challenge Roundabout causing a disconnection between the front part and the rest of the vehicle.

It was further gathered that due to the sudden impact of the body hitting the ground, there was a puncture which led to the leakage of the gas.

The fire Service were promptly alerted and prevented the gas from leaking thereby preventing explosion of the tanker.

Head of Media and Publicity of Kwara state Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle who confirmed the accident said that the prompt arrival of fire men saved the situation.

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He said, “Today, 24th December 2021 at about 07:49hrs, the Kwara State Fire Service suddenly summoned by one Mr. Emmanuel to a rescue operation at Challenge Roundabout, opposite Police A’ Division in Ilorin, Kwara State.

“The rescue operation involved a tanker transporting loaded skim gas. Suddenly, the tanker head got detached from it’s body while on motion and eventually led to the profuse leakage of the gas tank.

“Firemen were there standby throughout the incident in order to prevent fire outbreak until the whole siphoning process was done.

“According to the eyewitness of the incident said, the accident happened so fast and he could not ascertained the actual cause of the accident.

“Therefore, The Director, Kwara State Fire Service, Prince Falade John Olumuyiwa urged tanker drivers to be extra careful on the roads, especially anytime they were transporting high flammable materials.”

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