Not fewer than eight people were killed after a gas explosion happened in the Baruwa area of Ipaja in Lagos state.
The unfortunate incident took place at around 6am on Thursday.
The acting coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye mentioned that five bodies were recovered from the spot of the explosion.
However, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, director-general of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said that eight mortalities were recorded in the occurrence.
“The explosion occurred and the agency activated a response plan. Initial disaster assessment is as follows: casualties still being assessed but eight fatalities have been identified so far. 25 houses that are mostly bungalows, 16 lock-up shops and one primary school have been affected,” he said.
Mr Farinloye explained that the fire was caused by the generator of the gas station which was on when the LPG tanker was discharging.
Nosa Okunbor, LASEMA spokesman, in an official statement disclosed that investigation indicated that a gas station owned by Best Roof Cooking Gas exploded burning buildings close to it.
He also although the cause of the explosion is yet to be confirmed,four persons died while several others were injured.
Okunbor said several pertinent agencies have been deployed at the scene of the explosion to avert a further spread of the fire.
“On arrival at the scene of incident it was observed that there was a gas explosion at the aforementioned location,” he said.
“Further investigation at the scene revealed that the a gas station belonging to Best Roof Cooking Gas exploded by burning buildings around. The cause of the explosion could not be ascertained at the moment.
“Unfortunately, Four mortalities were recorded and several others injured. A combined effort of the Agency’s Tiger team, Dolphin team, LRU Fire, LASG Fire Service, NPF, NUPENG, and LNSC are on ground to curtail the spread of the fire to other buildings.”
On September 24, there was a case explosion that occurred at Ifako-Ijaiye area of Lagos where 16 persons were injured in the explosion and properties were destroyed.