Five killed as gas explosion rocks Ladipo in Lagos

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A gas explosion on Tuesday morning on Ojekunle Street in the Ladipo area of Mushin in Lagos State has left five people dead and several others injured. The explosion occurred in a mechanic workshop.

Those confirmed killed in the explosion, which was said to have happened around 8 am, were four male adults and one female adult.

Officials of the Lagos State emergency services confirmed that the remains of the deceased had been bagged and handed over to their families.

Many gas cylinders were also evacuated from the premises while over 10 vehicles in the mechanics’ premises were shattered and destroyed by the impact of the blast.

The incident, it was gathered, happened, when a phone call was reported to have been received while a gas retailer was dispensing gas to a customer. Also, the fire from the nearby shop of the puff-puff seller on the premises reportedly also contributed to the explosion.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, who was at the scene with his men, said the incident was totally avoidable.

“It was totally avoidable. Someone dispensing gas and also taking a phone call caused this. That is the cause of all of this,” he told newsmen.

The explosion paralysed business activities on the ever-busy Ojekunle Street and hundreds of shops were closed as security operatives and emergency responders cordoned off the area for rescue efforts.


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