A gas explosion is said to have occurred earlier in the day at Ajao Estate in Lagos State.Eye witnesses reports said that several persons are feared dead with others injured in the incident.
The explosion, which affected no fewer than nine shops in the area, started from a shop used in refilling gas. A yet-to-be-identified victim was said to have been rescued by emergency responders and taken to the hospital for treatment.
The Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the fire had been extinguished, adding that two bodies were recovered from the scene of the incident.
He said, “The agency received distress calls and upon arrival at the incident scene, it was discovered that there was an explosion at Afariogun Street, Ajao Estate. “Investigations revealed that the explosion originated from a shop occupied by a gas refilling business. A total of nine shops were affected by the inferno.
The Acting General-Manager, Lagos State Fire Service, Margaret Adeseye,said “There was an explosion, we have two presumed dead and one victim was taken to the hospital. “According to the information gathered when my men got to the scene of the incident, an explosion from a shop selling gas led to the fire outbreak. Also, six shops collapsed due to the incident.”
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