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Gas explosion hits Lagos community

At least five people were killed after a gas explosion occurred in the Baruwa area of Ipaja in Lagos state.

The incident occurred around 6am on Thursday.

Ibrahim Farinloye, acting coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said five bodies were recovered from the scene of the explosion.

Farinloye said the fire was caused by the generator of the gas station which was on when the LPG tanker was discharging.

In a statement, Nosa Okunbor, LASEMA spokesman, said investigation revealed that a gas station belonging to Best Roof Cooking Gas exploded burning buildings around it.

He said though the cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained, four persons died while several others were injured.

Okunbor said various agencies have been deployed at the scene of the inferno to prevent a further spread of the fire.

“On arrival at the scene of incident it was observed that there was a gas explosion at the aforementioned location,” he said.

“Further investigation at the scene revealed that the a gas station belonging to Best Roof Cooking Gas exploded by burning buildings around. The cause of the explosion could not be ascertained at the moment.

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