UPDATED: Three dead, dozens injured as Festac inferno continues to blaze


Three persons have been confirmed dead with about fifty others injured after an explosion in Abule-ado Festac, Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos state.

The explosion which happened on Sunday morning caused buildings, including a boarding school to collapse.

The affected school has been identified as Bethlehem girls boarding school.

Inferno from the explosion also affected some other buildings and vehicles in the area.

Officials of the Lagos Fire Service havw been battli g the inferno for the past eight hours.

Also on ground are officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency,  LASEMA as well as the Red Cross.

According to witnesses, the impact of the explosion was felt as far as 15km away.

The cause of the inferno is yet to be ascertained with varying reports emerging on how the fire started.

While witnesses say the inferno began when a tanker trying to offload some goods caught fire affecting a gas station, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), says the explosion might have originated from a factory in the area.

In an interview, Acting Coordinator, NEMA, Lagos Territorial Office, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the explosion was not caused by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline as widely speculated.

“From the information given by officials of the Lagos State Fire Service who are currently on ground, the implosion is not connected to pipeline but might have occurred in a factory located in the Abule Ado area.

“Emergency responders are on ground while others are still on their way to the scene. The situation is under control and we hope to get more information soon to ascertain its cause.”

Meanwhile, the Lagos fire Service has however called for calm among residents.

“Implosion in Lagos: Lagos State Fire Service is assuring the general public that the implosion is not connected with pipeline but buildings on Fire in Ado Soba, Abule Ado, Amuwo Odofin and the situation is under control,” the Lagos fire Service said in a prompt response on their Facebook account.

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