Gas Explosion Rocks Lagos Community, Destroying Hundreds of Homes

Surulere, Lagos – A gas explosion rocked the Tejuosho area of Lagos on Wednesday, causing a fire that ravaged hundreds of homes. The incident, which occurred around 1:00 PM, reportedly began when a resident left food unattended while cooking on a gas cooker.

The resulting explosion sparked a blaze that quickly engulfed over 300 shanties built along the Tejuosho canal. The fire also caused damage to the nearby Saint Heritage Children’s School.

Thankfully, due to the swift response of emergency services, including the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos Fire Service, and the Nigeria Police, the fire was contained before spreading to nearby buildings.

Fortunately, no casualties were reported in the incident. Residents and business owners in the affected area are left counting their losses. Many have lost their homes and belongings in the fire.

Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Permanent Secretary of LASEMA, and Margaret Adeseye, Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, were both present at the scene overseeing rescue operations.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, but officials believe it originated from unattended cooking. This incident highlights the importance of practicing safe cooking habits, especially with gas appliances.

The Lagos State government is expected to provide assistance to those affected by the fire. Local charities and NGOs may also organize relief efforts to help residents rebuild their lives.


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