Gas explosion in Nigeria

At least eight people have died and over 25 buildings have been razed down following gas explosion in Baruwa community, in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Director-General Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu confirmed the news in a statement on Thursday, October 8.

Reports indicated that the explosion started around 5.45am at a gas station belonging to Best Roof Cooking Gas in Baruwa axis of Lagos State on early Thursday morning.

Sahara TV reported that some of the destroyed buildings include a storey building housing one school, one hotel, one creative center, one residential building and adjoining shops.

Meanwhile, a combined effort of LASEMA, LRU Fire, LASG Fire Service, NPF, NUPENG, and LNSC are on the ground to curtail the spread of the fire to other buildings.

Full disaster assessment report will be released once investigation is completed.

Fires and explosions are common in the country which has multibillion-dollar oil and gas industry. In March this year, about 17 people died in gas pipeline explosion in the country’s commercial capital, Lagos.

In July 2019, at least 45 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured in central Nigeria when a petrol tanker crashed off the road and exploded.

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