It was a day the residents of Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos would want to forget in a hurry as tragedy struck around Balogun Bus-stop on Thursday from a gas tanker explosion. According to what we learnt, not less than 30 persons and 15 vehicles were caught up in the fire from the gas explosion.
Several injured and not fewer than 15 vehicles were razed in the Lagos fire explosion incident
From further report, 2 gas tankers were offloaded in the area at one gas station when a 30 tonne LPG tanker, which happens to be one of the two tankers, exploded in the afternoon around 3pm.
We were able to ascertain the cause of this big explosion, which was as a result of the compromised discharging valve of the tanker. Consequently, its massive fire erupted from the leakage.
In another news, earlier this year, a faulty fuel pump of a commercial bus led to an explosion on motion in Ogun State, killing nine people and injuring three.
Properties worth millions of naira were destroyed in the Iju Ishaga gas explosion
The fire, however, went out of control as it spread and gutted down twenty three buildings and thirty five shops, inflicting serious damage on private properties that would run to millions of naira.
In response to this fire from the gas explosion, several disaster management units were at the site of the incident such as Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Fire Service, Red Cross, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps and the National Emergency Management Agency.
Several emergency agencies were mobilized and deployed to curb the raging fire from the gas explosion
According to Nosa Okunbor, who happens to the Head of Public Affairs at LASEMA, revealed that there was no loss of life from this recent gas explosion.
He also stated that the gas tanker in question was under the management of Manna Gas Ltd, leading to destruction of many vehicles, plank market and X and Y Event Center.
According to him, the 30 people seriously injured from the fire incident are currently receiving treatment at various hospitals within the state. Two of these injured people are in very critical conditions and have been transferred to the State University Teaching Hospital in Ikeja, Lagos.
Here is a clip of what went down at the gas explosion incident at Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos this Thursday. Watch the video below:
GAS EXPLOSION AT IJU, LAGOS STATE, SOUTH WEST NIGERIA
On another hand, Ibrahim Farinloye, who is the Acting Coordinator of the state’s territorial office of the National Emergency Management Agency, revealed that only 15 people were injured from the explosion while there was no loss of life. He made it known that no residential building was part of the buildings gutted down by the fire.
According to Margaret Adeseye, the Acting Head of the State Fire service, disclosed that the Agege, Alausa and Ajuwon fire stations were deployed to the scene of the explosion.
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