Five feared dead as another gas explosion rocks Lagos


By Benjamin Omoike

A gas explosion occurred in the early hours of Thursday in the Baruwa area of Lagos, claiming five lives, hurting eight with various degrees of injuries and leaving mass destruction of property and vehicles in its wake.

This is coming on the heels of another gas explosion, which occurred in the Iju area of the state about a fortnight ago.

The explosion, which occurred around six a.m, has been contained, according to the Director General, Chief Executive Officer of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu.

According to him, the gas emission has been identified and curtailed. He added, as at the time of doing this report, that damping down was ongoing.

“Investigations indicate that this was an entirely avoidable incident caused by carelessness on the part of the operators.

“Post disaster assessment is as follows: five fatalities recovered,
eight casualties with major burns, who have been transferred to the Gbagada General Hospital Burns Unit.

“25 houses damaged, of which 10 were classified as ‘severely affected’. 16 Shops razed by the fire, one private primary school, one hotel affected. Three vehicles affected – comprising of a pickup truck, tricycle and motorcycle,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

The DG LASEMA added that presently ongoing, is clearing and securing of the affected areas by joint teams of responders.

“Lagosians are encouraged to report unsavoury and dangerous practices within their neighbourhoods to the relevant agencies, which include Lagos Safety Commission and Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, so that the government can engage in more prevention and precautionary measures, including issuing contravention notices and sealing up premises to prevent these types of disasters,” he said.

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