Barely a week after a gas leakage was reported at some parts of Ikeja, at least 5 people have been reported killed in a gas explosion that occurred at Ladipo Market area in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The incident paralyzed businesses on the ever-busy Ojekunle Street in the popular Ladipo Market area of Lagos State on Tuesday as over 1,000 shops were shut down as a result of the deadly gas explosion that rocked a mechanic workshop on number 35 and 37 of the long lane.
The unfortunate incident was confirmed by the Acting Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State, Ibrahim Farinloye, who said the casualty figure has risen to 5 persons including a 10-year old boy.
About 60 buildings including two-storey and one-storey structures wholly housing shops were closed for business activities due to the incident. Each of the building housed at least 40 shops.
Speaking on Channels Television, Farinloye revealed that the bodies of 4 adults have so far been recovered from the scene of the explosion, which includes 3 men and a woman identified as one Mama Funmi.
While a 10-year-old boy was rescued and taken to the hospital, he was reported to have died before getting to the medical centre.
Security operatives and emergency responders have cordoned off the area as rescue operations and on-the-spot assessment continue.
Hundreds of traders were seen in front of their shops discussing in twos and threes as first responders evacuate burnt bodies of victims.
Ikenna, whose shop was beside the explosion site, gave thanks to God for the ‘miracle’.
He said, “My being alive is by God. Nobody is talking business. People died tragically. And it is so sad. We are closed for today and maybe tomorrow.”
The chairman of the Mechanic Arm of the market, Sowemimo Babatunde, declined comments when our correspondent approached him on Tuesday.
It was observed that Babatunde and some other officials of the market went in for an emergency meeting as of press time.
The Ladipo Market, popularly known for spare parts and other vehicle accessories, also accommodates mechanics and other automobile technicians, amongst others.
The market is one of the largest spare parts hubs in Nigeria.
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