Fuel tanker catches fire at Lagos airport

23 April 2015, Abuja –  There was panic at the domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Wednesday evening as a tanker suspected to be carrying aviation fuel burst into flames while in motion.


Photo: Punch

It was learnt that the tanker, with plate number MUX165XX, caught fire at Strabag Bus Stop opposite the Terminal 2 of the airport.

Witnesses said the tanker was carrying flammable liquid suspected to be aviation fuel before it caught fire.

The fire was, however, immediately put out by a combined team of the tanker driver, officials from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, passers-by and Lagos State Traffic Management Agency officials.

Their prompt intervention, our correspondent gathered, halted the spread of the fire to other vehicles.

The tanker, which had the inscription, “Heizol,” on its side, was said to be on its way out of the airport when the incident happened.

The incident caused traffic gridlock on the road and officials of FAAN and LASTMA had to control vehicular movements in a bid to reduce the congestion on the busy road.


– Punch

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