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


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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