Final Update as at 1040hrs
The explosion which occurred around 0600hrs has been contained. The gas emission has been identified and curtailed. Damping down is ongoing.
Investigations indicate that this was an entirely avoidable incident caused by carelessness on the part of the operators.
Post disaster assessment is as follows:
5 Fatalities recovered
8 casualties with major burns who have been transferred to the Gbagada General Hospital Burns Unit.
25 houses damaged of which 10 were classified as “Severely Affected”.
16 Shops Razed by the fire
1 Private Primary School
1 Hotel affected
3 Vehicles affected comprising of a pickup truck, tricycle and motorcycle.
Presently ongoing is clearing and securing of the affected areas by joint teams of responders.
Lagosians are encouraged to REPORT unsavoury and dangerous practices within their neighborhoods to the relevant agencies which include Lagos Safety Commission, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency so that the government can engage in more prevention and precautionary measures including issuing contravention notices and sealing up premises to prevent these types of disasters.
Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu