BLACK TUESDAY: At Least Five Killed As Gas Explosion Rocks Ladipo Market In Lagos


Today, November 16, a gas explosion occurred on Ojekunle street in Ladipo, Mushin, Lagos state.

According to a statement issued by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA),

”The Agency’s Response Team, Eagle Squad at Cappa have been deployed to a fire outbreak at Ojekunke Street, Ladipo Mushin today, Tuesday, 16th 2021.

On getting to the scene, the Response Team discovered an open land with shanties and shops where gas cylinders are stacked.

Further investigation revealed that the gas ignited and exploded.

However, the Agency’s Team and its Fire Unit and Lagos State Fire & Rescue Service and Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, LNSC, have been able to put the fire under control and the fire men are blanketing the affected area.

Unfortunately, three male adults have lost their lives to the incident.

The DG/CEO LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu appeals to all residents in the area to remain calm and be cautious of their surroundings as the Responders are working better together to subdue the fire.

Operations still ongoing. More updates to follow.”

Similarly, Mrs. Margaret Adeseye, Director of Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, confirmed the development to PM News.

“The Gas incident which was reported at 08:42 hours Tuesday morning via the State emergency reporting platform was swiftly responded to by a combination of the State first and secondary responders.

“On arrival at the scene, it was discovered that it is an open space used for several activities including a beer parlour, mechanic workshop, spare parts sale, and gas shop amongst others while housing a makeshift structure.

“Three male adults had been recovered as rescue and recovery operations continue in an environment isolated from causing any further secondary incident.

“Preliminary investigations to establish the fact of the incident continues and further discovery will be made public.”

No fewer than five persons have been confirmed dead in a gas explosion at Ladipo in the Mushin Local Government area of Lagos State.

The explosion occurred on Tuesday morning at the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) domestic retail centre located on Ojekunle Street at the popular Ladipo Spare Parts Market.

A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He stated that the bodies of four adults have so far been recovered from the scene of the explosion. They comprised three men and a woman identified as one Mama Funmi.

Emergency workers at the scene of the gas explosion at the Ladipo Spare Parts Market in Lagos State.

While a 10-year-old boy was rescued and taken to the hospital, he died before getting to the medical centre.

Farinloye explained that the fire at the scene had already been put out while emergency workers were making effort to recover more bodies.

Those present include personnel of NEMA, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Fire Service, and the police.

The explosion occurred two weeks after a high-rise building under construction collapsed with dozens trapped in Ikoyi, Lagos.

At least 45 bodies were recovered from the rubble of the 21-storey building located along Gerrard Road in the nation’s commercial hub.

Among those who died were Mr Femi Osibona, the developer of the ill-fated property and founder of Fourscore Homes Limited.

More photos from the scene of the gas explosion that occurred in Ladipo

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