8 people have been confirmed dead in the gas explosion that rocked Best Roof Cooking Gas in Baruwa area of Alimosho Local Government of Lagos state in the early hours of Thursday, 8th October.
The initial death toll was 4, however the Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu stated that it has increased to 8, adding that they are still assessing the scene.
Addressing newsmen on the number of fatalities, He said,
“The explosion occurred and the agency activated a response plan. Initial disaster assessment is as follows: casualties still being assessed but eight fatalities have been identified so far. 25 houses that are mostly bungalows, 16 lock-up shops and one primary school have been affected.
“Firefighters and rescue workers are operating at the incident scene. The gas emission has been identified and curtailed. Damping down is ongoing.
“Post-disaster assessment will be carried out and further updates provided”