The surviving victims of the gas explosion that rocked Baruwa , a suburb of Lagos, have opened up on how they survived the disaster.
Speaking in an interview with The Punch, the survivors narrated how the incident happened and how they were able to escape.
No fewer than eight persons were confirmed dead in the gas explosion.
The gas tanker explosion occurred at 5:40 a.m. when a LPG tanker was discharging at the Best Roof Plant Station at the area.
Providing an update on the explosion, Ibrahim Farinloye, the Acting Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said three persons said the fire was caused by the generator of the gas station which was on when the LPG tanker was discharging.
“At about 20 minutes to 6a.m., at Candos Road, Baruwa Inside, Lagos, a LPG tanker was in the process of discharging at the Best Roof Plant Station and the Station Generator was on and from where it was reported that explosion erupted.
“A source revealed that the Gas plant has about 30 metric tons of gas in the underground tank. While dispense to domestic consumer, it also loads LPG Tanks and it was stated that in the process of loading a tank with its generator working and possibly there could a leakage which got to the generator,” Mr Farinloye said.
“The explosion threw the discharging tanker across the road. Many buildings have been destroyed,” the NEMA boss said.
Located in a densely populated area, the explosion at Best Roof Gas Plant affected several buildings, including a nursery and primary school.