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Lives, Properties Destroyed As Explosion Rocks Ijegun Community

Residents of Isheri area of Ijegun woke up with the sound of heavy explosion and heavy fires in the early hours of Thursday.

It was a real tragic morning for people of Ijegun community when heavy explosion greeted them. 

The incident which started around 5 in the morning, at fire junction bus stop, left vehicles, homes and couple burnt to death.

According to the report gathered from a resident, the fire started with a truck that came to siphon gasoline from the pipeline after others have left with their loot. This truck fell down and by this time, pipeline was still open. This led to an uncontrollable fire.

Residents of the area scampered for safety away from the fire area. Many calls made to fire service were not responded to. One fire truck eventually came after 2hrs of the incident but could not contain the fire. Hours later, more fire vehicles arrives but seem overwhelmed by the fire.

Residents claim that this trucks come almost every night to siphon fuel and in some cases, they were confronted and stopped by the scrap collectors in the area who stay awake almost 24hours until they were moved.

Some residents said that the clearing of these scrap collectors was a way to allow these criminals to resume this activities rather than to condor pipeline area.

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