Massive Explosion Hits Gas Plant Near RCCG Camp - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, August 29, 2022

Massive Explosion Hits Gas Plant Near RCCG Camp

The Daily Crucible | Monday, August 29, 2022

By Our Reporter

Massive explosion has hit a gas plant near the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, camp along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Ogun State, sending thick balls of flames billowing into the sky.

It is not yet clear what touched - off the explosion from the gas plant that birthed the huge inferno this morning near a section of the sprawling RCCG camp.

Lagos State Fire Service confirmed the development.

The Public Relations Officer of the agency said: “Yes it is true, there is an explosion at the RCCG camp. Our men have been mobilized to the scene.”

Also, the Public Relations Officer Federal Fire Service, Abeokuta Station, Ayansiji Oluwasegun, also confirmed the development.

Ayansiji said that the situation had been brought under control.

However, it was learnt that a truck laden with gas, reportedly burst into flame beside the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG Camp.

Reports from the axis said people scampered for safety as the fire raged and affected some other trucks parked at the scene.

The Daily Crucible gathered that the incident occured at a gas station where many gas trucks were stationed beside the RCCG Camp as a spark was noticed from one of the trucks batteries which resulted into an explosion which affected some of the trucks.  

A witness said early arrival of emergency responders prevented further damages as the fire was contained quickly.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu who was among the first responders at the scene said this,  "The The Agency, led by the Permanent Secretary, responded to distress calls and upon arrival discovered an explosion which had subsequently affected adjoining trucks in the compound. 

"Further investigation revealed the fire actually started from the battery of one of the truck before escalating to a gas cylinder resulting in a secondary explosion. No loss of life or injury sustained. The Agency's LRT is working alongside the Lagos State Fire Service, the Civil Defence, FRSC and Nigeria Police. 
"Damping down is on going."

Similarlly, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA through its Lagos Territorial District Coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the situation was under control. 

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