Sources revealed that the explosion which tore through the gas station identified as Best Roof Cooking Gas located at Unity Bus-stop, Candos Road, Baruwa axis of Alimosho Local Government Area of the state also razed down properties worth several Million Naira during the inferno.
According to source, “the reported number of death are for those that can be identified. There are more others who were also burnt into ashes and have not been identified inside the fire”.
Source revealed that the inferno was believed to have been triggered by the station generator when a liquefied petroleum gas tanker was in the process of discharging its content at the station.
The properties destroyed in the inferno includes 25 houses, 16 shops, 1 private primary school, 1 hotel, 3 vehicles comprising a pickup truck, tricycle, and motorcycle.
It was also gathered that in a swift response from emergency responders including Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Fire Service, Nigerian Police Force among others helped in preventing the inferno from spreading to other properties.
Confirming the incident, LASEMA’s Director-General, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said that the eight injured victims with major burns have been transferred to the Gbagada General Hospital Burns Unit for adequate medical attention.
Through a statement by the agency’s spokesperson, Nosa Okunbor, said that the gas emission had been identified and curtailed, adding that the incident could be attributed to the gas plant operator’s carelessness.
“Lagosians are encouraged to report unsavoury and dangerous practices within their neighborhoods to the relevant agencies which include Lagos Safety Commission, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency so that the government can engage in more prevention and precautionary measures including issuing contravention notices and sealing up premises to prevent these types of disasters,” the statement read.