With the fire finally put off, a preliminary assessment has revealed that 44 buildings were affected, 1 school, 1 event Centre, 89 shops, 1 church, 1 tricycle, gas tankers, 23 electric poles, 2 transformer and 1 motorcycle were all affected in the incident
Five dead bodies were recovered and 8 rescued alive, according to NEMA
According to eyewitness account, at about about 20 minutes to 6am on Thursday, a LPG or cooking gas tanker was in the process of discharging at the Best Roof Plant Station and the Station Generator was on and from where it was reported that explosion erupted.
The explosion, the witness said, threw the discharging tanker across the road.
“There are casualties, five bodies have been recovered but search and recovery will be carried out after the emergency phase. A woman and two children affected have been taken to an intensive burn hospital after initial first aid treatment at a nearby hospital.
The Best Roof Gas Plant Station is located in densely populated in the community.
A source revealed that the gas plant has about 30 metric tons of gas in the underground tank before the incident.
” They were dispensing gas to consumer, at the same time loading a LPG tank while generator was on and possibly there was a leak that ignite the fire” the source said
similar incident occurred two weeks ago at Ishaga, Lagos, though no life was lost.