An explosion has rocked a gas station in the Baruwa community of the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Multiple sources and eyewitness confirm to NewsWireNGR that the incident occurred around early hours of Thursday.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency in a tweet revealed that the initial assessment of the explosion shows 8 fatalities recorded, 25 houses, 16 lock up shops and a primary school destroyed.
Lagos Fire Service and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency have been drafted to the area confirmed the development on Twitter.
In a statement, Nosa Okunbor, LASEMA spokesman, said investigation revealed that a gas station belonging to Best Roof Cooking Gas exploded burning buildings around it.
He said though the cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained, four persons died while several others were injured.
Okunbor said various agencies have been deployed at the scene of the inferno to prevent a further spread of the fire.
“On arrival at the scene of incident it was observed that there was a gas explosion at the aforementioned location,” he said.
“Further investigation at the scene revealed that the a gas station belonging to Best Roof Cooking Gas exploded by burning buildings around. The cause of the explosion could not be ascertained at the moment.
“Unfortunately, Four mortalities were recorded and several others injured. A combined effort of the Agency’s Tiger team, Dolphin team, LRU Fire, LASG Fire Service, NPF, NUPENG, and LNSC are on ground to curtail the spread of the fire to other buildings.”
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