Gas Plant Explodes In Lagos

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A gas explosion has occurred in the Baruwa area of Ipaja in Lagos state. The incident occurred around 6:00am on Thursday.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency confirmed the development on Twitter.

It said emergency response has been activated.

According to a statement by the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday, destroyed several properties.

In a statement, Nosa Okunbor, LASEMA spokesman, said investigation revealed that a gas station belonging to Best Roof Cooking Gas exploded burning buildings around it.

He said though the cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained, four persons died while several others were injured.

Okunbor said various agencies have been deployed at the scene of the inferno to prevent 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 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.”

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