Not fewer than four persons including two children have been confirmed dead and 23 others suffered severe injuries following an explosion at a gas store at Aduke street in the Ajegunle area of Lagos state.
Speaking on the incident, the General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Femi Oke-Osayintolu, said other adjoining shops were burnt down in the morning inferno.
Oke-Osanyintolu confurmed that 23 persons were injured adding that those suffered burns have been evacuated to the Burn Unit, Gbagada General Hospital.
According to him, five persons including three children and two adult female were severely burnt and currently admitted at the Gbagada hospital.
He said: “Further investigations revealed that the fire ignited as a result of a call being made by an unidentified resident which escalated to other nearby shops and a bungalow behind the shops.
“The second body met at the scene was identified as Damilare Afolabi and the remains were bagged by the LASEMA Response Team (LRT) and handed over to the family.”
He said the entire area has been cordoned and post-disaster assessment is ongoing.
“As a result of visible cracks and intensity of the fire, it is advised that a controlled demolition should be carried out on the burnt structure in order to prevent any secondary incident. Operation ongoing,” he said.