Landlords and residents on Cardoso Road , Baruwa , in the Ipaja area of Lagos State, have been thrown into mourning after a wave of gas explosions rocked the community, killing six people .
Reports learnt that among the dead were a landlady , a woman and her two sons , and a security guard .
Eight others, who sustained varying degrees of injury , were rushed to the Trauma and Burns Centre , Gbagada General Hospital, Gbagada. One of them later passed away .
No fewer than 25 houses and 16 shops were destroyed by the explosions , which started around 5 am on Thursday .
Other facilities affected were a private primary school, an events centre and a church , while three vehicles were also burnt .
When our correspondent visited the area , the atmosphere was still suffused with gas, as some burning buildings smouldered .
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A few cursed the owner of Best Roof Gas Station , the gas plant , where the fire started from .
Our correspondent learnt that a 30- metric – tonne LPG tanker was discharging gas into the underground tank around 4 am when the pipe leaked.
A generator used to power the premises was said to have ignited the fire.
A worker at the plant , Ibikunle Israel , said a tanker had earlier discharged without any incident .
He explained that after workers closed for work around 7 pm , the second gas tanker came in.
“ We don’ t know whether the driver and the motor boy tried to do it themselves .
But that was how the gas pipe leaked, ” he added .
The Chairman of the Community Development Association , Fagbemigun Samuel , recalled that at the initial stage , the area was filled with gas.
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