Two Injured As Massive Explosion Rocks Gas Plant Near RCCG Camp - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, August 29, 2022

Two Injured As Massive Explosion Rocks Gas Plant Near RCCG Camp

•Federal Fire Service

The Daily Crucible | Monday, August 29, 2022

By Mariam Adekunle, Abeokuta

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 was not immediately clear to our Reporter what touched - off the explosion from the gas plant that birthed the huge inferno in the morning near a section of the sprawling RCCG camp.

•Emergency Responders

The Public Relations Officer, Federal Fire Service, Ogun State Command, Mr. Ayansiji Oluwasegun, confirmed the gas explosion.

Ayansiji, however, said that the situation had been brought under control by operatives of the Federal Fire Service Ogun State Command, Lagos State Fire Service, Ogun State Fire Service, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency(LASEMA) and RCCG Fire Service.

The Image Maker of the Ogun State Command of the Federal Fire Service explained that no life was lost but said two persons were injured in the incident.

According to him, the injured were taken to the hospital for intensive care.

He traced the cause of the explosion to a gas truck which attempted to offload its product but collided with other empty trucks from the rear while on reverse mode.

The impact, he noted, let out an explosion and then fire.

He added that the incident occurred at Sun Contractor Project Services Limited, Km 46 Lagos- Ibadan Expressway, Mowe, Ogun State around 10.51am.

Four stationed gas truck were severely burnt in the inferno.

The Controller, Ogun State Command of the Federal Fire Service, Muibi Rebecca Aduke, urged Nigerians to be safety conscious while handling or moving higly inflamable materials, explaining that negligence and carelessness caused the gas explosion.

"Safety we always beleive should be a paramount thing, but people unfortunately do put up this attitude of negligence. The cause of the incident was a result of carelessness and inadequate preparedness, we admonish the public to be alert when it comes to safety," she advised.

Also, the Operations Officers, SF Ilesanmi paul and  DSF Ogunsuwa ( operational commander) who were present at the scene separately told our Reporter that the fire was brought under control.

"The situation is under control and nomarlcy has returned to the area," they said.

The Daily Crucible gathered that the early arrival of the emergency responders from Ogun State Command of the Federal Fire Service prevented what could have led to further damages as they confronted the  fire and contained it 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 worked alongside the Lagos State Fire Service, the Civil Defence, FRSC and Nigeria Police."

Also, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA through its Lagos Territorial District Coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the situation was brought under control within a short time. 

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