Updated: 5 burnt to death, 3 injured, as gas explosion rocks Baruwa, Lagos

There has been an explosion at a gas station in the Baruwa community of the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The incident occurred around 05:45 am on Thursday.

Emergency first responders including men of the Lagos Fire Service and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, have been drafted to the area.

A primary school affected by the explosion

According to LASEMA, 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. Dampening down ongoing

Reports said the fire is gradually being combated.

LASEMA Director-General, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu has urged residents to remain calm.

iBrandTV gathered that a woman and two children were said to be among the victims of the gas explosion. As at 8.37am, the victims were being taken to a more intensive burn hospital after the initial first aid treatment.

Officers of Lagos State Fire Service  extinguishing the fire which rocked the Best Roof Gas Plant Station

According to Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Zonal Coordinator, South-West Zonal Office, NEMA, who confirmed this in an interview in Lagos, said that three persons have been rescued.

It would recalled that a similar incident occurred at Iju, in Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area of the state on Sept. 24 which led to 44 persons sustaining various degrees of injuries while 26 vehicles and 36 houses were damaged.
Farinloye said: “Unfortunately, the gas station had its generator on and it triggered an explosion.
“The explosion threw the discharging tanker across the road.
“There are casualties. Five bodies have been recovered but search and recovery will be carried out after the emergency phase.
“Many buildings have been destroyed because the station is located within a densely populated community.”
Farinloye said the inferno has been put off by officers of the Lagos State Fire Service while impact assessment by emergency response agencies was ongoing.
Also, the spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mrs Oluwayemisi Sule, said that two bungalows, four-storey buildings, consisting of one school, one hotel, one creative centre and one residential building, 24 Shops as well as one gas station were destroyed by the explosion.

 

“Also affected included a gas tanker truck, one Pick-up van, and one Tricycle,” Sule told

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