4 Die In Badagry Gas Explosion
Gas explosions in Lagos State are emphasising the need for the government and residents to take drastic measures that will put an end to the trend.
A leaking gas cylinder at an artisan’s shop in Ajara area of Badagry, Lagos suburb, caused an explosion on Monday that left at least four persons dead, while several others sustained severe burns.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that six buildings located near the workshop and six gas cylinders were destroyed by the explosion which occurred at about 9.50 a.m.
This is coming on the same day that another gas explosion in Magodo area of Lagos reportedly killed 10 persons.
Officials of the Federal Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, Police and other security agencies were on ground to control the situation.
An official of the fire service, Mr Tunde Adeboye, said they were able to put out the fire quickly, and it helped in reducing the damage.
A senior police officer at the scene, who pleaded anonymity, said four persons died in the explosion.
An eyewitness, Mr Segun Adebunmi, said that the explosion was caused by a leaking gas cylinder at the artisan’s shop.
“It’s a testimony that I’m alive as I escaped the scene by a whisker,’’ he said.
Another eyewitness, Mr Tope Alabi, said that the explosion destroyed cars that were parked on the street.
“I heard a loud bang and the glasses of cars were shattering and the next thing I saw was human parts littered all over the place.
“The security agencies responded promptly; so the situation was contained; so it didn’t escalate,’’ he said.
A senior official at the General Hospital, Badagry, who also requested that he should not be named, confirmed that four dead bodies had been deposited at the mortuary.
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The official also said that several people were in critical conditions, with severe burns.
Mr David Setonji, the legislator representing Badagry II in the Lagos State House of Assembly, said he had visited the area and described the incident as "unpalatable".