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19 Die in Fire Disaster in Nigeria

Over 50 others sustain various degrees of burns

19 Die in Fire Disaster in Nigeria


19 Die in Fire Disaster in Nigeria

A team of Red Cross trying to lift up a dead body into an ambulance

Emergency authorities in Nigeria have confirmed that 19 persons have so far been killed in the fire disaster that broke out at a community in Lagos State.

The National Emergency Management Agency said so far it has pulled out 15 bodies from the wreckage left by the fire.

The Naval hospital in the state also said 3 persons brought to the hospital also lost their lives.

On Sunday morning, precisely 09:30am, fire broke out at Abule Ado area of Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos state.

Many buildings collapsed as the impact was felt as far as 15km away from the scene of the incident.

Although NEMA said it was yet to ascertain the cause of the fire, CABNCTV had gathered that the fire which started from a Tipper van that was loading sand, spread and affected a gas pipeline that passed through the area.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos state, Hakeem Odumosun also cleared the air on the attacks, saying it had nothing to do with terrorism or pipeline vandalism.

He said, “The explosion had nothing to do with terrorism or pipeline vandalism. It was a human error.”

NEMA spokesperson gives situation report. 15 bodies recovered so far. The cause of fire yet to be ascertained. Emergency operation still ongoing.

Meanwhile, the Naval hospital in Lagos state said it received and attended to casualties from the explosion site.

An Excavator clearing off wreckage as NEMA searches for trapped bodies

It said 55 persons were attended to made up of 36 school children and 19 adults.

A statement from the hospital reads in part, “One of the adults had about 35 per cent mixed degree burns with inhalation injuries and pulmonary edema. He has been admitted into the Intensive Care Unit and connected to a ventilator. Seven other adults and 2 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 hospital also said 3 people were brought in dead – 2 females and a Male.

Smoke from the fire billows into the sky


A. S. Agamah is a journalist and has been practicing in Nigeria for about a decade. His interest cuts across politics, economics, health, sociocultural issues and community reporting.

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