The death toll in the gas explosion that occurred in the Baruwa community of the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State has now risen to eight.
The explosion, which reportedly erupted from the Best Roof Cooking Gas, was said to have occurred around 5.45am on Thursday.
The explosion, which reportedly razed houses, shops and a primary school, has been put under control by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency’s emergency response unit. This was made known by the Director-General, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu.
He said, “The explosion occurred and the agency activated a response plan. Initial disaster assessment is as follows: casualties still being assessed but eight fatalities have been identified so far. 25 houses that are mostly bungalows, 16 lock-up shops and one primary school have been affected.
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“Firefighters and rescue workers are operating at the incident scene. The gas emission has been identified and curtailed. Damping down is ongoing.
“Post-disaster assessment will be carried out and further updates provided.”
At the moment, the Tiger team of LASEMA, and other teams such as Dolphin team, LRU Fire, LASG Fire Service, NPF, NUPENG, and LNSC are reportedly at the scene of the explosion to curtail the spread of the fire to other buildings.