– Gas explosion kills 5, destroys buildings in Lagos
– Governor Sanwo-Olu sympathizes with victims family
The Thursday gas explosion has cut short the lives of no fewer than five persons, destroying several building, vehicles and shops in Lagos state.
Premium Times reported that the terrible incident occurred at 5:40am of Thursday’s morning at Baruwa, Alimosho area of the state.
While giving an update on the incident, the acting coordinator of the state’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, disclosed that they were only able to rescue 3 peoples while another 5 bodies were retrieved dead in the explosion.
The rescued persons were taken to a hospital after the initial first aid treatment, the official disclosed.
According to the NEMA official, the fire was caused by the generator of the gas station which was working when the LPG tanker was discharging.
“At about 20 minutes to 6a.m., at Candos Road, Baruwa Inside, Lagos, a LPG tanker was in the process of discharging at the Best Roof Plant Station and the Station Generator was on and from where it was reported that explosion erupted.
“A source revealed that the Gas plant has about 30 metric tons of gas in the underground tank. While dispense to domestic consumer, it also loads LPG Tanks and it was stated that in the process of loading a tank with its generator working and possibly there could be a leakage which got to the generator,” Mr Farinloye said.
“The explosion threw the discharging tanker across the road. Many buildings have been destroyed,” the NEMA boss said.
Nigeria News World gathered that several building were equally destroyed at the explosion at Best Roof Gas Plant, which include a nursery and primary school.
According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), it was said that two bungalows, four storey buildings consisting of one school, one hotel, one creative center and one residential building were affected.
Also, vehicles were reportedly cremated in the inferno which cost several lives and properties.
Governor Sanwo-Olu sympathizes with victims family
Reacting to the early morning explosion, the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, expressed his condolence to the affected families as he described the incident as an heartbreaking one.
The governor who viewed that the existing rules for the gas and other petroleum operators needs to be re-enforced, said his heart breaks about the explosion.
Sanwo-Olu in a tweet about the explosion, confirmed that the rescued has been receiving treatment at Gbagada General Hospital.
He also disclosed that further rescue plans are ongoing, he further stated the the state’s government regretted the actions as he prayed for the repose of the departed souls.
“My heart breaks at the gas explosion today which is a sign that the stricter rules we are implementing for gas and other petroleum operators need to be widespread & faster.
“Medical intervention is happening at the Gbagada General Hospital while rescue operations continue.
“For the families of those we have lost due to this explosion, no words are enough to express how sad and regretful we feel but may the souls of your loved ones rest in peace.” the governor wrote.
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