Five Dead, Eight Rescued, As Explosion Rocks Baruwa (Update)

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Notting less than five person were feared dead and another eight rescued at the Baruwa Estates gas explosion in Ipaja Axis of Lagos State. Also a school building, 24 shops and six other buildings around the gas station were also razed.

According to a statement by the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency

(LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the incident occurred around 6:00 am, destroying several properties.

While further assessment of the area is still ongoing, a tweet by the emergency response agency, disclosed that an initial disaster assessment revealed that eight fatalities have been identified.

25 houses (mostly bungalows), 16 lock-up shops and a Primary School were also affected by the fire.

An official of the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), who spoke to Channels Television at the scene said a generator triggered the fire.

Rescue operations are still ongoing.

The incident is coming barely two weeks after a tanker explosion occurred in the iju, Ajuwon area of the state.

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