Another gas explosion in Lagos kills 8 persons

Gas explosion at Ipaja

TWO weeks after gas explosion at Iju Ishaga area of Lagos State, another gas explosion has rocked the state. The unfortunate incident occurred at Baruwa, Ipaja, killing at least eight persons.

Realnews gathered that the gas explosion occurred when Liquefied petroleum gas, LPG, tanker was discharging at the Best Roof Plant Station in the area.

Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, director-general, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, said the agency’s emergency response unit had been deployed in the area, adding that the explosion razed houses, shops, and a primary school.

“The explosion occurred and the agency activated a response plan. Initial disaster assessment is as follows: casualties still being assessed but eight fatalities have been identified so far. 25 houses that are mostly bungalows, 16 lock-up shops, and one primary school have been affected. Firefighters and rescue workers are operating at the incident scene. Gas emission has been identified and curtailed. Damping down is ongoing. Post-disaster assessment will be carried out and further updates provided,” he said.

Realnews recalled that the gas explosion at the Iju Ishaga area, which occurred on Thursday, September 24, left many people severely injured and properties destroyed.

As a result of these recurrent incidents, many Nigerians have raised alarm on the location of gas and petrol stations in densely populated areas in the state. They also called on the state government to appropriately address this menace and its attendant impact on people and businesses.

– Oct. 8, 2020 @ 11:05 GMT |

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