Many feared dead on Tuesday night in a cooking gas explosion that occured at retail shop Ajao Estate, Lagos.
In an earlier report, about five persons were feared dead with many injured as cooking gas explosion occured a few kilometres away from Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity told NG Times at the scene of the incident that the explosion was caused by cooking gas.
However, the number of death could not be ascertained yet, it was learned that about four first responders at the scene sustained injuries.
Acording to eyewitness, “the accident occured after a 62-year-old woman, who owned a cooking gas shop, and her 32-year-old daughter were called back on their way home to attend to a ‘regular customer’ who came to fill a gas cylinder.
“The shop owner was able to fill the gas without an accident. But trouble began when the customer wanted to load the already filled cylinder into a waiting tricycle.
An eyewitness claimed the cylinder fell off and exploded, that initial explosion set off a series of others, killing the shop owner, her daughter and other persons yet to be identified.”
Viewers desecration pls Ajao Estate gas explosion pic.twitter.com/jAE6YgHFM3
— Chucky (@02chucky) July 28, 2020
The Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said the agency received a distress call& rushed to the scene of the event.
LASEMA activated its Emergency Response Plan as another Gas explosion rocks Afariogun Street, Ajao Estate
Upon arrival of the Agency’s officials,(Eagle Squad) at the incident scene, it was discovered that there was an Explosion at the aforementioned location today, pic.twitter.com/5CKstESYbG
— Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (@followlasema) July 28, 2020
However, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA has reacted the explosion via its official Twitter handle.
The statement read;
“The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA has hurried got to the scene to witness the sad incident.