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Two children die in Lagos gas explosion

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Two children were killed in a gas explosion in Lagos on Thursday morning, the state emergency response unit said.

Twenty-three other persons were severely affected by the explosion that happened at Aduke Street, off Ojo Road, Ajegunle, Apapa.

Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) director-general Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu confirmed that the two children were burnt to death in the explosion.

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“Upon arrival at the scene of the incident, it was discovered that a gas cylinder store had exploded as a result of gas leakage,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

He said further investigations revealed that the fire was ignited as a result of a call being made by an unidentified resident which escalated to other nearby shops and a bungalow behind the shops.

Oke-Osanyintolu said the second body met at the scene was identified as Damilare Afolabi and that the remains were bagged by the LRT and handed over to the family.

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“Unfortunately, two children (male and female) lost their lives and multiple burn casualties were recorded; a total of Twenty Three (23) in number,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

He disclosed that all the casualties were being evacuated to the Burn Unit of government-owned Gbagada General Hospital.

He said the entire area has been cordoned with a post-disaster assessment ongoing.


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