The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that five persons were killed following the gas tanker explosion in Baruwa area of Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The Acting Zonal Coordinator, South West Zonal Office, NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, who confirmed this in an interview with newsmen in Lagos, said that three persons have been rescued.
Farinloye said Thursday’s incident occurred at 5.40a.m. at Candos Road, Baruwa Inside, Lagos, when a Liquefied Petroleum Gas tanker was in the process of discharging at the Best Roof Gas Plant Station.
“Unfortunately, the gas station had its generator on and it triggered an explosion.
“The explosion threw the discharging tanker across the road.
“There are casualties. Five bodies have been recovered but search and recovery will be carried out after the emergency phase.
“Many buildings have been destroyed because the station is located within a densely populated community,” he said.
He also revealed that the fire has been put off by officers of the Lagos State Fire Service while impact assessment by emergency response agencies was ongoing.