Fifteen persons were injured and several cars, property destroyed in Thursday’s gas tanker explosion in Lagos.
The incident occured at Balogun Bus Stop in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area in the state.
Ibrahim Farinloye, South-West Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He noted that response was swift and the fire extinguished.
Farinloye said at 3.05pm, a gas tanker trying to enter Cerato Gas Plant went up in flames.
“16 vehicles, two tricycles, two gas tankers, an event centre and a church building was destroyed. Also damaged were a block industry and an attached office, a cement store, a sawmill and several stores where building materials are being sold.”
15 people injured were taken to the Water Works Clinic.
Three are presently on admission, while two critical cases have been referred to the General Hospital.
The remaining 10 had minor injuries and have been discharged.
“Some of the injured persons told us that they immediately jumped into a nearby canal which was filled with water as it rained today. That is one of the major reasons that there was no fatality,” Farinloye said.
Emergency responders including Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State Fire Service, the Police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps were at the scene.