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Many Feared Killed As Gas Explosion Rocks Ladipo In Lagos 

Gas Explosion

November 16, (THEWILL) – At least five persons have been confirmed dead in a gas explosion at Ladipo in the Mushin Local Government area of Lagos State.

The explosion occurred on Tuesday morning at the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) domestic retail centre located on Ojekunle Street at the popular Ladipo Spare Parts Market.

Spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye,  who confirmed the incident, said the bodies of four adults have so far been recovered from the scene of the explosion.

“They comprised three men and a woman identified as one Mama Funmi. While a 10-year-old boy was rescued and taken to the hospital, he died before getting to the medical centre”, he said.

Farinloye explained that the fire at the scene had already been put out while emergency workers were making efforts to recover more bodies.

Those present include personnel of NEMA, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Fire Service, and the police.

The Director General, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA),  Dr. Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, also confirmed  the incident.

He explained that, “The agency has responded to distress calls at the above location and dispatched firefighters.

“On arrival at the scene, multiple  gas cylinders were observed to have exploded with others  still leaking gas.

“There appears to be extensive damage. Casualties are still being determined.

“Back up from Lasambus has been sought while the area is being cordoned off.

“Members of the public are advised to refrain from igniting flame while motorists are being advised to use alternative routes

Updates to follow.”