Five people feared dead while houses destroyed when a gas tanker exploded at a station in the early hours of Thursday in Baruwa area of Lagos.
The incident happened around 15mins to 6am according to the state emergency agency which has activated its response plan.
A huge fire is currently raging on as of the time of filing this report at the gas station located along Alimosho Local Government.
No fewer than five persons have been confirmed dead in the gas explosion that occurred at Baruwa, Alimosho area of Lagos on Thursday.
FRESHREPORTERS gathered that the gas tanker explosion occurred at 5:45 a.m. when a LPG tanker was discharging at the Best Roof Plant Station at the area.
Providing an update on the explosion, Ibrahim Farinloye, the Acting Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said three persons were rescued while five bodies were recovered from the explosion.
The rescued persons were taken to a hospital after the initial first aid treatment, the official said.
Mr Farinloye said the fire was caused by the generator of the gas station which was on when the LPG tanker was discharging.
“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.
“A source revealed that the Gas plant has about 30 metric tons of gas in the underground tank. While dispense to domestic consumer, it also loads LPG Tanks and it was stated that in the process of loading a tank with its generator working and possibly there could a leakage which got to the generator,” Mr Farinloye said.
The NEMA boss revealed that the explosion threw the discharging tanker across the road. Many buildings have been destroyed.
Located in a densely populated area, the explosion at Best Roof Gas Plant affected several buildings, including a nursery and primary school.