No fewer than 13 persons sustained various degrees of injuries on Thursday night following a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tanker explosion at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, opposite Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Ikeja.
About 25 cars were destroyed as a result of the explosion, which occurred at about 10.32 p.m.
Ibrahim Farinloye, acting Zonal Coordinator, South-West Zonal Office, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed on Friday.
Farinloye explained the explosion threw the environment into panic due to the huge fire caused by the incident.
The resulting fire travelled with the wind to the premises of Ogun State Property Investment Company (OPIC) Plaza besides Sheraton Hotels, which houses different commercial outfits including a Chinese Restaurant.
The fire was put out at about 12.30 a.m., after concerted efforts of five fire trucks from the Lagos State Fire Service and two trucks from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Response Unit.
The initial search and rescue activities revealed that 13 persons sustained various degrees of burns. Out of this, nine are males while four are females.
The casualties received first-aid treatment at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), he added.
Four of the victims with severe injuries were later transferred to Trauma and Burns Centre at Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos state.
Preliminary assessment of vehicles damaged indicated that about 25 were destroyed as of now. Comprehensive post-disaster assessment on the extent of general damages would be done later today.
He said the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Hakeem Odumosu, led the team which took charge of crowd control and helped to restore normalcy.
See some videos from the scene of incident below;
Sad scene of a guy carrying an affected lady off the fire scene last night.
It took over 30 mins before the fire-fighters could arrive OPIC PLAZA, by Total Petrol Station, Mobalaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, where the tanker explosion occured. 🤦🏿♂️☹️pic.twitter.com/Iukp8gPQeX
— What A Rush!🇳🇬 🇭🇲 (@iamMightyGeorge) June 18, 2021
A gas tanker reportedly exploded around 11pm on June 17, at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way in Ikeja, Lagos
Many reportedly sustained varying degrees of injuries following the explosion which affected buildings and vehicles around the area.
Watch Video: https://t.co/TAiiE13RiZ pic.twitter.com/tMFcgsPD5c
— CorrectBN (@correctbn) June 18, 2021
A gas explosion occurred around sheraton hotel, Ikeja, Lagos last night. pic.twitter.com/wtpyHUia2M
— Beam Times (@Beamtimesng) June 18, 2021
There was #gas #explosion in front of #shararon #ikeja at 10:49pm on thursday pic.twitter.com/EO00X6ao8I
— akeem (@yekeem) June 17, 2021