Tuesday, December 7

LASEMA reveals cause of Ladipo Gas explosion as death toll rises

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency has revealed the cause of the gas explosion that hit Ladipo in the Mushin area of Lagos state.

According to LASEMA, an open land with shanties and shops where gas cylinders were stacked caused the gas explosion which occurred on Tuesday morning.

LASEMA, in a statement on Facebook, titled, ‘LASEMA battles Ladipo Mushin Gas explosion,’ said it has deployed its Response Team, Eagle Squad at Cappa to contain the situation.

It also said the fire from the explosion has been put under control by the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service and also the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps.

The statement read, “The Agency’s Response Team, Eagle Squad at Cappa have been deployed to a fire outbreak at Ojekunke Street, Ladipo Mushin today, Tuesday, 16th 2021.

“On getting to the scene, the Response Team discovered an open land with shanties and shops where gas cylinders are stacked.

On the cause of the explosion, the Agency said “Further investigation revealed that the gas ignited and exploded.

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“However, the Agency’s Team and its Fire Unit and Lagos State Fire & Rescue Service and Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, LNSC, have been able to put the fire under control and the firemen are blanketing the affected area.

“Unfortunately, three male adults have lost their lives to the incident.

“The DG/CEO LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu appeals to all residents in the area to remain calm and be cautious of their surroundings as the Responders are working better together to subdue the fire.

“Operations still ongoing. More updates to follow,” LASEMA said.

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