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How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by ijustdey: 6:21pm On Dec 23, 2018
By Eugene Agha


One of the car dealers collapsed after discovering that he lost 16 cars to the inferno


Petroleum pipeline vandals triggered a morning fire that burnt exotic cars houses and shops in Lagos.

A combined team of security operatives and officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) are still going round the Abule Egba neighbourhood and taking head count of people and the number of houses burnt in last Tuesday morning pipeline fire that ravaged the community.

But, at least over 100 houses and several shops and about 50 vehicles were destroyed by fire which started from a vandalized pipeline of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at Abule Egba and Agege.



Ruth and her duaghter explaining their plight to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohini Edgal, when he visited the scene


The vehicles burnt included 19 parked in an auto sales stand belonging to Usman Hamzat. Fortunately however, a supermarket near the Samar Petrol station was spared. Aside Hamzat’s cars parked at Samar Petrol station, three other car shops were razed.

Rescue team went through scorched homes and vehicles on Thursday morning to ascertain the exact number affected. According to an unconfirmed report, 15 persons are missing as a result of the inferno but it is unsure if they are dead or relocated.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who made an on the spot visit to the area tasked the Divisional Police Officer to take a head count of all injured persons. He also directed that those injured be taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja for free medical treatment

Authorities attributed the damage done to property partly to the speed with which flames spread through the pipe route due to the harmattan wind.

Hamzat said about N500 million worth of cars were lost in the inferno. He said many auto dealers took delivery of new cars in November ahead to the Christmas and New Year sales but now have to contend with finding ways of repaying for loans collected to purchase the vehicles.

According to him, model of cars destroyed are mainly 2015 and 2017 Toyota Corolla, Lexus and Mercedes Benz, and that the cheapest of them was about N2.9 million.

He said it was really a nightmare when he was woken by a call from a security guard around 2am that fire had gutted the patrol station and was spreading to the parked cars. According to him, when he arrived, only two cars were on fire. “We battled to put off the fire for fear that it might spread. I quickly put a call across to the fire service, but before they arrived, the fire had spread and gutted other cars,” he said.

“Then we did not know the source of the fire because it was coming from a vent from the underground drainage. The stream of fire was so intense that we battle with it without any success. When the Fire Service men came there was little or nothing they could do. The first two water tanks they came with were emptied within 30 minutes. They tried to dampen the flame without success until officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) arrived. Officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) arrived an hour later. It was then that we knew that the fire started from a vandalized pipe.

It was gathered that the fire which started at a private school situated at No: 4, Segun Akinola Street, opposite Tipper Garage, near Awori Bus stop, Abule Egba, was triggered by activities of vandals, who brought in three tankers and siphoned Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).





A resident, Kamoru, said the vandals dug a hole to connect their hose to the pipes but dropped it inside the drainage without shutting the valves.

The PMS was said to have circulated through the drainage to the abattoir where it apparently sparked the fire.

A resident, Stella John, said people fled their homes as soon as they heard the explosions, adding that several persons sustained injuries as a result of stampede.

She said: “I did not care to pick anything. The first thing that came to my mind was to run to safety. People were wailing, running in different directions. So many people sustained injuries.”

The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu said the fire affected nine streets, destroyed 38 vehicles, four tricycles, 71 shops, 30 rooms, two blocks of flats and a church auditorium but no lives was lost.

It was gathered that the areas affected included Arowolo, Shogbawole, Adefegba, Katonwi, Santos, Taiwo Adewole, Wamon Taofeek, Owode and Akinlere streets. Others are Charity Road Junction opposite Oko Oba Market and parts of Ile-Epo.

The Commissioner of Police accused residents of complicity, adding that they cannot claim they were not aware of activities of vandals in the area.

He noted that intelligence report gathered by some security operatives revealed that the area is notorious for activities of pipeline vandals.

The police boss pointed out that: “Already, I have received credible intelligence on some of these vandals and their locations. I can assure Lagosians that very soon, I will be leading the operation to arrest some of those vandals and the reason is obvious; we will not allow the greed or unpatriotism and economic sabotage of a few to affect the vast majority of Lagosians.”

https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/how-auto-dealers-lost-cars-worth-n500m-to-lagos-pipeline-fire.html

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Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by GOFRONT(m): 6:28pm On Dec 23, 2018
Chaiii......I hope Benz is not among those burnt cars??

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Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by JasonScoolari: 6:32pm On Dec 23, 2018
The greed of one useless vandal cost an innocent man to lose some fortune.




One of the car dealers collapsed after discovering that he lost 16 cars to the inferno


Dear Lord,

It's Jason, your favorite son, as you lead me into the year 2019, I cancel every setback the enemies have plot against me, I come against spirit of loss in the year 2019, I paralyse every activity of physical and spiritual parasites and devourers in my life, I pray for all round protection for myself, family, business and properties. There shall be no casualties, Bad news will not be my portion, Dominion over the evil forces shall be my heritage.

Thank you Lord for answering my prayers.

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Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by ReverseEngineer: 8:56pm On Dec 23, 2018
That's a huge loss.

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Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by bestman09(m): 8:57pm On Dec 23, 2018
What a pity. Insurance companies in Nigeria are just there for nothing. Even if those properties were insured, the owners will never get anything from the insurance companies

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Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by Brizzy404: 8:57pm On Dec 23, 2018
This is super story... A life of tears and sorrow...
Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by donvicky2007: 8:57pm On Dec 23, 2018
Who is going to pay for the damages?
Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by itiswellandwell: 8:57pm On Dec 23, 2018
The man collapsed instantly. Still in the hospital. May God see him through.


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Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by bettercreature(m): 8:57pm On Dec 23, 2018
GOFRONT:
Chaiii......I hope Benz is not among those burnt cars??
Benz cars are not really expensive compared to several other brands

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Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by PennywysCares(m): 8:57pm On Dec 23, 2018
What a tragedy
I pray FG should compensate them
Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by Nobody: 8:58pm On Dec 23, 2018
Was my private jet also burn?
Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by pyrex23(m): 8:59pm On Dec 23, 2018
bettercreature:
Benz cars are not really expensive
Sharap..

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Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:59pm On Dec 23, 2018
GBESEEEE!!! shocked shocked shocked

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Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by Eponyeeboz: 8:59pm On Dec 23, 2018
JasonScoolari:
The greed of one useless vandal cost an innocent man to lose some fortune.

One of the car dealers collapsed after discovering that he lost 16 cars to the inferno

Dear Lord,

It's Jason, your favorite son, as you lead me into the year 2019, I cancel every setback the enemies have plot against me, I come against spirit of loss in the year 2019, I paralyse every activity of physical and spiritual parasites and devourers in my life, I pray for all round protection for myself, family, business and properties. There shall be no casualties, Bad news will not be my portion, Dominion over the evil forces shall be my heritage.

Thank you Lord for answering my prayers.

Favourite son, abi?
You and Jesus don dey drag levels.

Don't worry. They would crucify you too.

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Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:59pm On Dec 23, 2018
bettercreature:

Benz cars are not really expensive
....says someone without a bicycle tire!!!

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Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by Nobody: 8:59pm On Dec 23, 2018
Government should compensate them duely
Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by Just2endowed2(m): 9:00pm On Dec 23, 2018
This one strong
Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by Innocent229(m): 9:00pm On Dec 23, 2018
Hmmm
Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by Eponyeeboz: 9:01pm On Dec 23, 2018
Abuheekmat:
Government should compensate them duely

For activities of vandals?

Very unlikely.

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Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by Nobody: 9:01pm On Dec 23, 2018
Take heart.... There's a reason for everything.
Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by sevo(m): 9:01pm On Dec 23, 2018
beamtopola:
Was my private jet also burn?

English rite now

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Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by bettercreature(m): 9:02pm On Dec 23, 2018
[quote author= post=74111869][/quote]I have 4 cars
Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by MycroftHolmes: 9:03pm On Dec 23, 2018
So hope the vandals are fulfilled now.

Nansense individuals.

Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by jaxxy(m): 9:04pm On Dec 23, 2018
I hope they are compensated.
Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by AngelicBeing: 9:05pm On Dec 23, 2018
JasonScoolari:
The greed of one useless vandal cost an innocent man to lose some fortune.




One of the car dealers collapsed after discovering that he lost 16 cars to the inferno


Dear Lord,

It's Jason, your favorite son, as you lead me into the year 2019, I cancel every setback the enemies have plot against me, I come against spirit of loss in the year 2019, I paralyse every activity of physical and spiritual parasites and devourers in my life, I pray for all round protection for myself, family, business and properties. There shall be no casualties, Bad news will not be my portion, Dominion over the evil forces shall be my heritage.

Thank you Lord for answering my prayers.
So shall it be, your prayers has been heard, be of good cheer and go in peace tongue

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Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by Nobody: 9:07pm On Dec 23, 2018
Eponyeeboz:


For activities of vandals?

Very unlikely.


Yes..

Their business contributes to the economy.
Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by Ogaga87(m): 9:08pm On Dec 23, 2018
This is enough for someone tears gland to go bankrupt O

Like seriously!


What do you think about the insurance company insuring those cars


Somebody pls tell me something
Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by nwaonyeze001(m): 9:09pm On Dec 23, 2018
JasonScoolari:
The greed of one useless vandal cost an innocent man to lose some fortune.




[i]One of the car dealers collapsed after discovering that he lost 16 cars to the inferno[/

Dear Lord,

It's Jason, your favorite son, as you lead me into the year 2019, I cancel every setback the enemies have plot against me, I come against spirit of loss in the year 2019, I paralyse every activity of physical and spiritual parasites and devourers in my life, I pray for all round protection for myself, family, business and properties. There shall be no casualties, Bad news will not be my portion, Dominion over the evil forces shall be my heritage.

Thank you Lord for answering my prayers.







I join my faith with yours to say Amen to that.......
Dominion is our heritage in 2019.....

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Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by godsfin(m): 9:09pm On Dec 23, 2018
This Buhari regime is just full of bad news, evil happenings, woes, poverty, famine, scarcity, etc. May God help us. RIP to the dead.

Re: How Auto Dealers Lost Cars Worth N500m To Lagos Pipeline Fire (photos) by Nobody: 9:10pm On Dec 23, 2018
sad Bad market

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