Several Persons Injured, Vehicles Burnt In Gas Explosion In Lagos
Tragedy struck on Thursday at Balogun Bus stop, in the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State, after a tanker conveying gas exploded.
While no fewer than 30 people were injured, 15 vehicles were reportedly gutted by the fire.
PUNCH reports that two gas tankers were being offloaded at a gas station in the area when one of the tankers, a 30 tonnes LPG tanker, exploded around 3pm.
It was gathered that the discharging valve of the tanker, which was compromised, led to leakage and ignited fire.
The fire, which spread to adjoining buildings, affected 23 buildings and 35 shops, destroying property worth millions of naira.
Punch reports that officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State Fire Service, National Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Red Cross were at the scene of the incident.
The Head of Public Affairs of LASEMA, Nosa Okunbor, said no life was lost.
He said, “It was discovered that a 30 tonnes LPG tanker being operated by Manna Gas Ltd was involved in an explosion which destroyed several vehicles, X and Y Event Centre and a plank market.
“It was discovered that a compromised seal device by the truck driver led to gradual leakage, which then ignited when the tyres burst. The impact of the explosion led to fire at adjoining buildings and several vehicles were burnt.
“Thirty people were found to have serious injuries and were taken to various hospitals, while two in critical conditions were referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.”
However, the Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, said 15 people were injured.