No fewer than 12 people were
killed yesterday and several others
injured at Second Coming Gas
Filling Station in Magodo and a
local gas retail shop at Ajara Vetho
in Badagry, Lagos State.
At Magodo, ten people were
killed from the explosion which
eyewitnesses attributed to leakage
from the gas plant.
Operatives of the Lagos State
Fire Service, Lagos State Traffic
Management Authority, Federal
Road Safety Corps and the
Lagos State Emergency Agency,
LASEMA, were at the scene to
extinguish the fire and also carry
out rescue operations.
Preliminary investigation by
LASEMA revealed that three
reservoir tanks for gas storage and
one 33,000-litre gas truck were
engulfed in fire with a secondary
explosion within the gas station.
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 officials of the
Lagos State Ambulance Service
and the agency’s paramedics before
moving two with more degrees of
burns to the Trauma Centre, Toll
Gate, for further medical attention.
Men of the Lagos State Fire
Service with four fire trucks and the
LRU Fire Unit with two fire trucks
were able to contain the spread to
adjourning buildings in the area.
According to the Director, Lagos
State Fire Service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe,
the concerted efforts of his team
prevented the fire from causing
more damages.
“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, it was
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 the concerted efforts
of all emergency responders in the
state or else the whole of Magodo
would have been in flames.”
Other emergency responders on
ground include the RRS, Federal
Road Safety Corps, National
Emergency Management Agency,
Lagos Neighbourhood Safety
Corps, Red Cross, Nigeria Security
and Civil Defence Corps, Lagos
State Traffic Management Authority
and the Federal Fire Service.
The General Manager, LASEMA,
Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, said the
situation is completely under
control with a perimeter of the
vicinity secured
and evacuation of people away
from the scene, he also said that
officials of IKEDC has completely
isolated power supply from the
affected area to avoid any other
incident.
He, however, assured that proper
investigation would be conducted
to ascertain the possible cause
and prevent future reoccurrence
of this unfortunate and avoidable
incident.
Meanwhile, two persons were
killed at a local gas retail shop at
Iluda Road, Ajara Vetho in Badagry
Local Government.
The explosion, which happened
at about 9:00am, was suspected
to have been caused by excessive
heat on the cylinders which were
locked up in the shop.
The force of the explosion was
so strong that the walls of the shop
collapsed and innocent passers-by
were affected.
Human flesh could be seen on
roof tops and on the street, while
two corpses lay in a nearby gutter.
A commercial okada rider and
his passenger were said to have
been badly affected.
Men of the Lagos State Fire
Service, Neighborhood Safety
Corps and others were at the scene
to put the situation under control.

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