Lagos: Five die as explosion rocks gas station

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For the second time in two weeks, an explosion has shattered the peace of a Lagos suburb, leaving a trail of blood and casualties.

Witnesses said the latest explosion occured on Thursday morning around 5.44am at Best Roof Gas Station located at Unity bus stop, Fatade area of Baruwa in Alimoso Local Government Area.

Pandemonium ensued after the blast even as rescue officials headed towards the scene.

Spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency Ibrahim Farinloye confirmed the incident on WhatsApp.

He said five people had been confirmed dead while three others were rescued alive

Among them were a woman ad her child who were rushed to a hospital for intensive care for the burns they sustained.

He said many buildings were destroyed while the entire gas station was destroyed.

He said: “At about 20 minutes to 6a.m, at Candos Road, Baruwa Inside, Lagos, a LPG tanker was in the process of discharging at the Best Roof Plant Station and the Station Generator was on and from where it was reported that explosion erupted.
The explosion threw the discharging tanker across the road.

Many buildings have been destroyed
The Best Roof Gas Plant Station is located in densely populated community

After putting out the initial fire, the stored gas in station started discharging the gas but without explosion.

So far, five bodies have been recovered and six rescued alive.

A source revealed that the gas plant has about 30 metric tons of gas in the underground tank. While dispensing to domestic consumers, it also loads LPG tanks.

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It was stated that in the process of loading a tank with its generator working there possibly there could have been a leakage which got to the generator

The fire has been put out completely and the secondary gas leakage has from the underground tanker has been under control
However, a preliminary Assessment has revealed that 44 buildings are affected, 1 school, 1 event Centre, 89 shops, 1 church, 1 tricycle, gas tankers, 23 electric poles, 2 transformer and 1 motorcycle are all affected in the incident.”

A similar explosion destroyed some buildings and left over 50 persons injured at Iju area of the state.