2 die in explosion at Lagos gas plant

At least two people died and eight others seriously injured after an explosion at a gas plant in Magodo, Lagos on Monday.

The explosion at the Second Coming gas station located on CMD Road, Magodo, Ikosi Isheri LCDA reportedly occurred at 7:30am

Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) and Lagos State Fire Service battled to quell the fire and control movement of people.

The explosion was reportedly caused by gas leakage from one of the trucks in the compound.

Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe, explained that the concerted efforts of his team prevented the fire from causing more damages.

He said: “Initially when we arrived here, we responded very promptly and there was no outbreak of fire. We were inside the tank premises but unfortunately, when a vehicle was passing along, this is the reason why we must listen and take to instructions at every scene of emergency.

“A vehicle was passing along. It was through the exhaust pipe that caused the explosion. And that was how the fire started. It was a very serious fire, what you see here is concerted efforts of all emergency responders in the state or else the whole of Magodo would have been in flames.”

General Manager, LASEMA, Adesina Tiamiyu said: “Two burnt bodies were recovered behind the fence of the gas station, while eight casualties were also recorded with various degrees of burns and injuries which were attended to by the officials of the Lagos State Ambulance Service and the agency’s paramedics before moving two with more degrees of burns to trauma centre, toll gate for further medical attention.”