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13 persons sustained various degrees of injuries as tanker explodes in Lagos

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No fewer than 13 persons sustained various degrees of injuries on Thursday night following a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tanker explosion at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, opposite Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Ikeja.

About 25 cars were destroyed as a result of the explosion, which occurred at about 10.32 p.m.

Ibrahim Farinloye, acting Zonal Coordinator, South-West Zonal Office, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed on Friday.

Mr Farinloye explained the explosion threw the environment into panic due to the huge fire caused by the incident.

“The resulting fire travelled with the wind to the premises of Ogun State Property Investment Company (OPIC) Plaza besides Sheraton Hotels, which houses different commercial outfits including a Chinese Restaurant.

“The fire was put out at about 12.30 a.m., after concerted efforts of five fire trucks from the Lagos State Fire Service and two trucks from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Response Unit.

“The initial search and rescue activities revealed that 13 persons sustained various degrees of burns. Out of this, nine are males while four are females,” Mr Farinloye explained.

The casualties received first-aid treatment at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), he added. Four of the victims with severe injuries were later transferred to the the Trauma and Burns Centre at Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos.

“Preliminary assessment of vehicles damaged indicated that about 25 were destroyed as of now. Comprehensive post-disaster assessment on the extent of general damages would be done later today,” Mr Farinloye disclosed.

The headline of this story has been edited to reflect the body of work, we apologies to our readers for an earlier error in the reportage.

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