2 children killed, 20 people injured in Lagos gas explosion

A gas cylinder store had exploded as a result of gas leakage, which led to the casualties.

The fire from the explosion, which affected multiple buildings in Ajegunle area of Lagos, led to many burn casualties. (Image used for illustrative purpose) [Daily Trust]

The explosion which, according to Punch, happened on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, also got 20 others seriously injured.

A video shared online by Gidifeednews showed people trying to put out the fire from the explosion.

PM News quoted the Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirming the incident.

According to Oke-Osanyintolu, the two children were burnt to death in the incident.

On how the explosion happened, the LASEMA boss, said “Further investigations revealed that the fire was ignited as a result of a call being made by an unidentified resident near the gas retailing shop.

“The fire 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 — 23 in number."

The casualties, according to Oke-Osanyintolu, have been evacuated to the Burn Unit, Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos.

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