Many people have been feared dead in a gas explosion that occurred at Aduke Street, Ifelodun Local Council Development Area of Lagos state.
He said those suffered burns have been evacuated to the Burn Unit, Gbagada General Hospital, saying five people including three children and two adult female were seriously burnt and currently admitted at the Gbagada hospital.
He said: “Further investigations revealed that the fire ignited as a result of a call being made by an unidentified resident which escalated to other nearby shops and a bungalow behind the shops.
“Unfortunately, two children (male and female) lost their lives and multiple burn casualties were recorded; a total of 23 in number.
“The second body met at the scene was identified as Damilare Afolabi and the remains were bagged by the LASEMA Response Team (LRT) and handed over to the family.
“As a result of visible cracks and intensity of the fire, it is advised that a controlled demolition should be carried out on the burnt structure in order to prevent any secondary incident. Operation ongoing.”
Meanwhile, The Herald reported that the Federal Government began clampdown on illegal gas plants and roadside retailers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), popularly known as cooking gas, an official said.
Mr Bassey Nkanga, DPR’s Operations Controller, Port Harcourt Zone, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday on the sideline of the department’s ongoing surveillance on gas plants in Port Harcourt.