2 dead, 9 shops destroyed, as gas explosion rocks Lagos – LASEMA, NEMA

2 dead, 9 shops destroyed, as gas explosion rocks Lagos – LASEMA, NEMA
A picture of nine shops affected by the gas explosion at Ajoa Estate in Lagos

 

Two persons have been confirmed dead, while several shops burnt in a gas explosion, which took place at Ajao Estate, Lagos, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said.

LASEMA Director-General, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the accident on Tuesday, said that two bodies were retrieved from the debris.

Oke-Osanyintolu said that LASEMA received an emergency call on Tuesday while the fire had burnt shops and some wares.

He explained that upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that there was an explosion at Ajao Estate.
Oke-Osanyintolu said that investigation revealed that the explosion originated from a shop where they were using gas.
He said that a total of nine shops were affected by the fire, adding that the fire had been extinguished by the combined efforts of LASEMA Response Unit (LRU) and Lagos State Fire Service.

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Also speaking on the incident, Alhaji Farinloye, the Acting Coordinator, Lagos Office of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), also confirmed the incident.
Farinloye said that a panel beater’s gas exploded at about 6:58 p.m  in its workshop near a roll of 12 shops at Palm Groove Estate, Ajao, Lagos.
He said that the incident led to the death of two persons, with two persons rescued, while one was immediately resuscitated the other victims was rushed to the hospital with severe burns.
Farinloye said that many shops were partially affected, adding that the explosion occurred while the technician was trying to up his Oxycytelene flame popularly known as cabad’s cylinder.

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