- Another explosion occurred in the city of Lagos on Thursday, October 6
- Authorities in the Nigerian commercial capital say five people lost their lives in the incident
- The incident occurred around 6 am throwing residents into panic mode
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Five persons have been confirmed dead in an early morning gas explosion at Baruwa Ipaja, a suburb in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos.
The incident occurred around 6 am on Thursday, October 8 throwing residents into panic mode.
Spokesperson of Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA) Nosa Okunbor, told The Nation:
“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. Dampening down ongoing.
“Further investigation at the scene revealed a gas station belonging to Best Roof Cooking Gas exploded by burning buildings around.”
He said a school building, 24 shops and six other buildings around the gas station were also razed.
Legit.ng had earlier covered the fire outbreak when responders got to the explosion site around 7 am, making efforts to put out the fire.
An elderly man was burnt in one of the houses close to the gas plant while two people who sustained injuries from the fire have been taken to the hospital for treatment.
The Lagos state police command also deployed some of its operatives to the explosion site.
Below is LASEMA'S post-disaster assessment of the incident:
1. 5 fatalities recovered
2. 8 casualties with major burns who have been transferred to the Gbagada General Hospital Burns Unit.
3. 25 houses damaged of which 10 were classified as “severely affected.”
4. 16 shops razed by the fire
5. One private primary school
6. One hotel affected
7. Vehicles affected comprising of a pickup truck, tricycle and motorcycle.
Presently ongoing is clearing and securing of the affected areas by joint teams of responders.
About two weeks ago, no fewer than 30 persons were injured in a similar explosion that occurred in Ajuwon border community area of Lagos and Ogun on Thursday, September 24.
A statement issued by LASEMA hours after the incident revealed that the total number of casualties were 30, consisting of 20 adult males and 10 adult females were seriously injured.
In a post-disaster assessment conducted, LASEMA said the disaster losses included two residential buildings, one church, one event centre, four commercial buildings, one market consisting of 15 shanty shops, 11 cars, two mini trucks, one bus and one heavy-duty truck.
Six months ago, Legit.ng had reported that residents in Abule Ado, near the Trade Fair Complex on the Lagos-Badagry highway woke up to an explosion on Sunday, March 15 that destroyed many houses and other property.
While some residents think it was caused by pipeline vandals, the government says otherwise.
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