Following a Liquefied Petroleum Gas tanker explosion at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way in Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday night at about 10.32pm, three dead bodies have been recovered with 13 other persons suffering various degrees of injuries. Also, 25 cars have been destroyed as a result of the explosion.
According to Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, the Acting Zonal Coordinator of South West Zonal Office, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the explosion was caused by a gas leakage while the tanker was in motion.
“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,” he said.
“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,” Farinloye said.
He added, “We have so far recovered three bodies from the incident. The bodies were recovered from the generator house of OPIC Plaza and the restaurant. Search and rescue is still ongoing from the the collapsed buildings.”
According to him, the affected victims were attended to at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for First Aid.
He said four of the victims with severe injuries were later transfered to the Trauma and Burns Centre at Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos.
“Preliminary assessment of vehicles damaged indicated that about 25 were destroyed as at now.
“Comprehensive post disaster assessment on the extent of general damages would be done later today,” Farinloye added.
He said the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, led the team which took charge of crowd control and helped to restore normalcy.