Five dead, 15 vehicles destroyed as phone call triggers Lagos gas explosion

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Five dead, 15 vehicles destroyed as phone call triggers Lagos gas explosion

Five persons were confirmed dead on Tuesday in a gas explosion on Ojekunle Street, off Ladipo Street, in the Mushin area of Lagos State.

No fewer than 15 vehicles were also destroyed by the explosion, which damaged many houses in the area.

One of our correspondents, who visited the scene, observed that the site was a mishmash of shattered blocks, wood, iron, cars, and hundreds of gas cylinders.

The workshop where the explosion occurred housed mechanics, panel beaters, gas retailers and other traders.

Eyewitnesses, who spoke to PUNCH Metro, said the incident happened when a woman, identified as Mama Emma, was frying puff-puff around 7.30am.

Our correspondents learnt that around the same time, a gas retailer, identified as Sodiq, was dispensing gas from a cylinder to another for a customer. Sodiq usually sold gas to panel beaters in the workshop.

Witnesses said while dispensing the gas, his customer received a call, which triggered the explosion.

Sodiq, the customer, Mama Emma and two others were burnt to death, as their remains were bagged and handed over to their families for burial.

Many traders, who wept at the scene, described the gas retailer as a hard-working man who did not deserve to die in such a cruel manner.

Over 15 vehicles on the premises were shattered by the blast.

PUNCH Metro counted at least 15 vehicles of different brands whose engines were destroyed by the explosion.

Some of the vehicles were buried in the rubble caused by the blast, as sheds used by mechanics were uprooted and fell flat on the shattered vehicles.

A mechanic whose workshop was on the site, Tajudeen Olorunwa, told PUNCH Metro that his car, a Toyota Highlander, and four others belonging to his customers, were affected.

Olorunwa said he had never experienced such losses in his 24 years at the workshop.




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