The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, revealed that so far eight people have been recorded dead in the gas explosion which rocked part of the state on the early hour of Thursday.

Speaking on the explosion that happened in Baruwa community, in the Alimosho Local Government Area of the state, the Director-General, LASEMA, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, revealed that firefighters and rescue workers have arrived the incident scene doing all they can to curtailed the fire.

The explosion emanated from the Best Roof Cooking Gas at about 5:45 am on Thursday, October 8. It was reported that the explosion razed houses, shops and a primary school.

Oke-Osanyintolu, however, confirmed that the agency’s emergency response unit had been deployed in the area.

“The explosion occurred and the agency activated a response plan. Initial disaster assessment is as follows: casualties still being assessed but eight fatalities have been identified so far. 25 houses that are mostly bungalows, 16 lock-up shops and one primary school have been affected,” he said.

He added, “Firefighters and rescue workers are operating at the incident scene. The gas emission has been identified and curtailed. Damping down is ongoing.

“Post-disaster assessment will be carried out and further updates provided.”

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