An explosion at Allen Gas, a cooking gas supplier, depot in Isolo, Ago Palace Way, in Lagos, is said to have caused multiple injuries. Sources said the explosion occurred while gas-laden cylinders were being off-loaded from a truck at the depot.
Contrary to reports on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter) that the blast killed many people, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Public Relations Officer, Ibrahim Farinloye, told our correspondent that only three people were injured in the fire. He added that two gas tankers destroyed in the explosion.
“I can confirm to you that there was a gas explosion at Allen Gas in Isolo but nobody died in the fire incident. Only three persons sustained injuries; two individuals and a fireman. The two persons sustained high degree of burns and they have been taken to the hospital. The third person, a fireman, only sustained a minor injury while trying to put the fire out,” he said.
As at the time of filing this report, police could not ascertain the cause for the blast.
It would be recalled that a similar incident occurred in June 2014 at Folawiyo Apapa Fuel Plant. The blast killed at least four people leaving scores injured.
The Folawiyo Fuel Plant explosion was believed to be caused by tankers carrying petroleum products.
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