Three people were killed while 13 others sustained injuries on Thursday night, following a tanker explosion in Ikeja, Lagos state.
Naija News reports that the explosion occurred around the Sheraton Hotel area, located on the Mobolaji Bank Anthony way in Ikeja.
It was gathered that the impact of the explosion was felt inside buildings in the government residential area (GRA) axis of Ikeja.
Three dead bodies were recovered on Friday morning, according to DailyTrust.
The acting coordinator, south-west zonal office, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, told NAN that 13 persons were injured while 25 cars were destroyed as a result of the explosion.
He said the explosion was alleged to have been caused by leakage while the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker was in motion.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Farinloye disclosed that the injured victims were taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
He said four of the victims with severe injuries were later transferred to the trauma and burns centre at Gbagada General Hospital.