Petrol station explodes in Nigerian city of Lagos, claims 8 lives
An explosion that ignited a fire at a petrol station in the Nigerian commercial capital, Lagos, has killed at least eight people, and has destroyed at least 25 homes, 16 shops and a primary school, the State Emergency Management Agency (Sema) has said.
The explosion occurred in the early hours of Thursday in Baruwa, a largely residential area.
A gas explosion has occurred at a Petrol Station situated at Baruwa axis of Lagos. Police officers and men from @lag_fireservice are on ground to control the situation. #TheGoodGuys pic.twitter.com/yCzyMbhTrh
— Lagos State Police Command II (@rrslagos767) October 8, 2020
The cause of the blast is still unclear, but the emergency services say a gas emission had been identified and contained.
This is the latest in a series of deadly explosions in Nigeria.
A fortnight ago about 30 people, including students, were killed when a lorry carrying fuel exploded in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state in central Nigeria.
A day later dozens were injured in a similar incident in Lagos.
While the reasons for the explosions remain unclear, observers say it may be because of poorly maintained facilities and a lack of efficient means of transporting fuel to petrol stations.