Four persons have been confirmed dead in a gas explosion at Baruwa Ipaja in Lagos.

The incident occurred around 6am on Thursday, throwing residents into panic.

Spokesperson of Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA) Nosa Okunbor, said: “Four mortalities were recorded and several others injured. A combined effort of the Agency’s Tiger team, Dolphin team, LRU Fire, LASG Fire Service, NPF, NUPENG, and LNSC are on ground to curtail the spread of the fire to other buildings. Dampening down ongoing.

“Further investigation at the scene revealed a gas station belonging to Best Roof Cooking Gas exploded by burning buildings around.”

A school building, 24 shops and six other buildings around the gas station were also razed.


  1. Gas operators are not supposed to operate within residential areas. Government at all levels should be determined to rid the state of illegal gas outlets. Safety requirements for the issuance of licence by the agency to people venturing into gas business include having good ventilation and capability to operate in safe manners. Government should also do everything possible to stop and pull out in circulation the use of expired cylinders that doesn’t meet specific requirements.


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