By Nkasi Kolie
Lagos residence were on Tuesday, thrown into mourning as early morning gas explosion claimed the life of a 10-year-old -boy and four others in Mushin area of the State.
It was gathered that three males and one female simply identified as Mama Funmi were among the casualties in the incident that occurred at 21, Ojekunle Street while the only infant rescued alive died before getting to hospital.
It was also learnt that the tragic incident which was reported at 08:42 hours Tuesday morning via the State emergency reporting platform was swiftly responded to by a combination of the State first and secondary responders.
Both National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Director Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Mrs Margaret Adeseye confirmed the incident, saying efforts were currently ongoing to manage the incident.
Confirming the death of four victims, NEMA spokesperson, Ibrahim Farinloye, disclosed that four adults of three males and one female (mama Funmi) were recovered dead while the only infant rescued alive died before getting to hospital.
He said the incident occurred at the LPG domestic retailing centre located at Ojekunle Street, Ladipo Spare Part market.
He said that the agency was assisted in the recovery of bodies and injured victims by a number of other agencies which included the State Fire Service, Police Disaster Management Unit, NEMA and LASEMA.
On her part, the State Fire Service Director, Adeseye, said that on arrival at the scene, the fire agency discovered that the incident occurred at an open space used for several activities including a beer parlour, mechanic workshop, spare parts sale and gas shop amongst others while housing a makeshift structure.
She said: “Three male adults have been recovered as rescue and recovery operations continue in an environment isolated from causing any further secondary incident.
“Preliminary investigations to establish the fact of the incident has continued and further discovery will be made public,” he said.