Several injured, properties razed following gas explosion in Lagos

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) are seen at the site of a gas tanker explosion at Iju Ishaga, Lagos, Nigeria.

At least thirty persons were on Thursday injured following the explosion of a gas tanker at Cele Bus-Stop in the Iju Ishaga area of Lagos.

Cars, shops and houses near the scene of the explosion were also razed.

The explosion which happened around 1505 hours (GMT +1) caused panic as residents and commuters scampered for safety.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said the explosion was caused by a truck conveying gas.

The Director-General of LASEMA, Femi Oke-Osayintolu, gave an update on the explosion incident.

“It was confirmed that a 30 ton LPG Tanker being operated by Mana Gas Ltd was involved in an explosion which destroyed several vehicles, X and Y Event Center and a Plank Market in the above mentioned axis.

“The responders discovered that a compromised seal device by the truck driver had led to gradual leakages which then ignited when the tyres burst,” he said.

Nosa Okunbor, the spokesperson of the agency, also said the fire was totally extinguished around 1427 hours (GMT +1).

There has been no death recorded in the incident.

The agency revealed that the 30 wounded persons consist of 20 adult males and 10 adult females.

“A total number of 15 vehicles and 23 buildings were also affected, which includes an event centre, a church, residential and commercial buildings,” the official added.

According to the South West Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, a block industry and attached office, one cement store, a sawmill, several stores where building materials were sold were also affected by the inferno.

The NEMA coordinator stated that the tanker was trying to enter a gas plant at Iju when it exploded.

“Fifteen people were admitted at Iju waterworks Clinic, two referred to General Hospital, three on critical observation and ten are being treated presently,” Farinloye said.

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