UPDATED: Five confirmed dead in Lagos gas explosion

Five persons have been killed in the gas explosion that occurred in Baruwa community, in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The explosion, which reportedly emanated from the Best Roof Cooking Gas, occurred around 5.45am on Thursday.

The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the agency’s emergency response unit had been deployed in the area, adding that the explosion razed houses, shops, and a primary school.

He said, “The explosion occurred and the agency activated a response plan. Initial disaster assessment is as follows: casualties still being assessed but five fatalities have been identified so far. 25 houses that are mostly bungalows, 16 lock-up shops, and one primary school have been affected.

“Firefighters and rescue workers are operating at the incident scene. Gas emission has been identified and curtailed. Damping down is ongoing.

“Post-disaster assessment will be carried out and further updates provided.”

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