By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
After completing rescue operations at the Abule-Ado pipeline explosion in Amuwo Odofin Local Government, Lagos, the State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has disclosed that atleast 17 persons died and 25 others sustained varying degrees of injuries.
Earlier, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had disclosed that 15 persons died from the inferno that rocked the state earlier on Sunday.
DG/CEO of the Lagos State Emergency Management Services, LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke–Osanyintolu who arrived the incident scene barely an hour after it’s occurrence at 8:00p.m states that, this was situation report regarding the pipeline explosion at aformentioned location as at 2000hrs.
“During the incident, 17 bodies were recovered and 25 casualties with destroyed properties estimated to worth hundreds of millions of naira, with unquantifiable devastation to other assets, as well as the environment.
“Upon the arrival of the LRT at the incid.ent scene, it was discovered that a raging fire had displaced several residents who fled their abodes for fear of being caught up in the inferno.
“The primary cause of the explosion is unknown. There were a number of secondary explosions which have caused significant damage to multiple buildings including the leveling of a church to ground zero and the destruction of St Margaret’s girls hostel.
“The causes are yet to be determined, while security agents are investigating the cause of the explosion and recovery, rescue activities were carried out by the Ministry of Special Duties, LASEMA, men of the Lagos State Fire Service crew, Federal Fire Service Department, Safety Commission, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and other first responders.
“Operation is still in progress. Updates will continue through the course of operation while investigations remain on going”.