No fewer than five persons have been confirmed dead in a gas explosion at Ladipo in the Mushin Local Government area of Lagos State.
The explosion occurred on Tuesday morning at the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) domestic retail centre located on Ojekunle Street at the popular Ladipo Spare Parts Market.
A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
He stated that the bodies of four adults have so far been recovered from the scene of the explosion. They comprised three men and a woman identified as one Mama Funmi.
While a 10-year-old boy was rescued and taken to the hospital, he died before getting to the medical centre.
Farinloye explained that the fire at the scene had already been put out while emergency workers were making effort to recover more bodies.
Those present include personnel of NEMA, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Fire Service, and the police.
The explosion occurred two weeks after a high-rise building under construction collapsed with dozens trapped in Ikoyi, Lagos.
At least 45 bodies were recovered from the rubble of the 21-storey building located along Gerrard Road in the nation’s commercial hub.
Among those who died were Mr Femi Osibona, the developer of the ill-fated property and founder of Fourscore Homes Limited.