More bodies had been recovered from the explosion of the site of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline at Ile Epo axis of Alimosho LGA of Lagos State on Sunday.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed the development Monday morning.
The raging fire confused the residents of Abule Egba, Ile Epo and Ekoro Road as a result of the thick smoke oozing out from the explosion scene.
Many buildings and vehicles were also submerged in the inferno.
Meanwhile, the cause of the explosion had yet to be ascertained.
NEMA and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) officials immediately swung into action after receiving distress calls from some residents of the area.
NNPC was said to have been contacted to shut down the pipelines.
Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Director General, LASEMA, also confirmed the incident in a statement.
“A raging fire from the explosion of a vandalised NNPC pipeline has caused panic among residents within Awori, U-turn and Pipeline communities in Abule Egba.
“LASEMA, Lagos Fire Service are responding and are on top of the situation,” he said.
It will be recalled that a similar incident had occurred on Dec. 5, 2019, after some suspected pipeline vandals disrupted the Atlas Cove-Mosinmi Pipeline, part of the System 2B Pipeline at Peace Estate, Varies, in Idimu axis of the state.