No fewer than 17 persons have been confirmed dead while 25 others were injured in the pipeline explosion at the Abule-Ado area of Lagos on Sunday.
The Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA), Olufemi Osanyintolu confirmed this while giving updates of the incident in a statement.
Osanyintolu stated that the raging fire had displaced several residents who fled their abodes for fear of being caught up in the inferno.
According to him, there were a number of secondary explosions which have caused significant damage to multiple buildings including the levelling of a church to ground zero and the destruction of St Margaret’s girl’s hostel.
While reacting to the unfortunate incident, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu said the explosion had nothing to do with terrorism or pipeline vandalism.
Odumosu reiterated that it was a human error and unsafe human activities that led to the explosion.
The Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital in a statement, revealed that a total of 55 persons were attended to made up of 36 school children and 19 adults.
The statement added that one of the adults had about 35 per cent mixed degree burns with inhalation injuries and pulmonary edema, stating that the victim has been admitted into the Intensive Care Unit and connected to a ventilator.
Seven other adults and two children are on admission in the Wards. Two adults had Traumatic Brain Injury and were referred to LUTH for neurosurgical intervention. The remaining 43 have been treated and discharged.
The statement added that three people were brought in dead which includes two females and a male.