3 die, 13 injured, 25 cars destroyed as LPG tanker explodes in Lagos

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Story from Kenneth AFOR, Lagos

Not more than three persons have been killed and 13 others sustained various degrees of injuries after a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tanker exploded at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way in the Ikeja axis of Lagos State on Thursday night.

The explosion was said to have occurred at about 110:32 pm on the lane inwards Ikeja.

It was also said to have had an impact on the Sheraton Hotel and OPIC Building, a property belonging to Ogun State Government also situated on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way.

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Zonal Coordinator, South-west zonal Office, NEMA, who confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday said the resulting fire affected the Ogun State Property Investment Company Plaza beside the Sheraton Hotel, which houses different commercial outfits including a Chinese Restaurant.

He said, “We have so far recovered three bodies from the incident. The bodies were recovered from the generator house of OPIC Plaza and the restaurant.”

He had earlier told NAN that the fire was put out at about 12.30 a.m.

“The initial search and rescue activities revealed that 13 persons sustained various degrees of burns. Out of this, nine are males while four are females,” Farinloye said.

He said the victims were given first aid at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.

He said four of them with severe injuries were later transferred to the Trauma and Burns Centre at Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos.

“Preliminary assessment on vehicles damaged indicated that about 25 were destroyed as of now.

“Comprehensive post-disaster assessment on the extent of general damages would be done later today,” Farinloye said.

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