The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that fifteen people sustained various degree of burnt in the Gas Explosion and accompanying fire at the Ajuwon Road, Cele Bus Stop, Iju, Lagos on Thursday.
The Ag. Head, Lagos Fire & Rescue Service, Mrs Margaret Adeseye made this known while addressing journalists at the incident scene.
According to her, a distress call was received at 1512hrs to Ajuwon, Agege and Alausa Fire Crews were quickly mobilized to the scene.
The fire boss said that on arrival, It was discovered that a 23 tonnes gas truck meant to service Manna Gas Refilling Plant accidentally skidded into drainage system, hitting its discharging valve in the process causing leakage of it contents that quickly saturated the environment.
She further stated that it erupted in explosions on meeting an ignition which subsequently resulted in Fire.
The ensuing Fire was however curtailed from reaching the Gas Plant that may have worsen the situation but not after severely damaging S & Y Event Center, a block making industry, two residential bungalows, two churches, some shanties at a nearby market and 15 various brands of vehicles while spreading to adjoining Kayode Street”, she said.
She noted that no fatality was recorded but 15 persons sustained various degree of burnt while some were treated at the scene, others were taken to hospital and are now in stable condition and responding to treatment.
“The National and Lagos State Emergency Management Authorities and the Nigerian Police were also at the scene to bring the situation under control as normalcy has returned to the environment, she explained”.