Gas Explosion Kills Two, Destroys Shops in Lagos

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 29 – A gas explosion that occurred in the Ajao area of Lagos State on Tuesday has killed two people, who are yet to be identified.

Confirming the incident to journalists, the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the fire had been extinguished.

He added that two bodies were recovered from the scene of the incident and nine shops were razed by the inferno which resulted from the explosion.

Olufemi 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 fire has been extinguished by the combined efforts of LRU fire and Lagos State Fire Service. Two bodies were retrieved within the debris, recovery, and retrieval ongoing.”

The Acting General-Manager, Lagos State Fire Service, Margaret Adeseye, also confirmed the incident.

She 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.”

The incident occurred just 24 hours after a similar incident killed one and injured three others in the Palm Groove Estate area of the state.

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