In the early hours of Thursday, October 8, a gas explosion rocked the Baruwa area of Ipaja in Lagos state.
The incident occurred around 5.45am – 6:00am today.
Taking to its official Twitter handle, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency confirmed the development. Saying that its emergency response has been activated.
GAS STATION CURRENTLY ON FIRE IN BARUWA AREA OF LAGOS, EXPLOSION OCCURRED AROUND 6.00AM.
The Agency has activated our emergency response plan.
Updates will follow
Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu
DG/CEO LASEMA @OkeOsanyintolu
— LRU #Call112 (@lasemasocial) October 8, 2020
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.”