On Tuesday morning, a gas explosion occurred on Ojekunle Street in Mushin, Lagos State.
It was reported that the explosion occurred shortly after 8 a.m.
The event was confirmed by a Lagos State Emergency Management Agency official to newsmen.
According to the source, emergency personnel have been dispatched to the explosion location.
Lanre Mojola, the Director-General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, verified to newsmen on the scene that the explosion claimed five lives.
He declined, however, to remark on the number of injured.
Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Director General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, verified the five deaths as well.
They consist of four male adults and one female adult, he claims.
Our correspondent on the scene watched their bodies being bagged and promptly handed over to their families.
Margaret Adeseye, Director, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, reported in a ‘Emergency Alert’ that three males died in the incident.
She wrote, “The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service is currently attending to a Gas Explosion at 21, Ojekunle Street, Ladipo, Mushin Lagos.
“The Gas 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.
“On arrival at the scene, it was discovered that it is 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.
“Three male adults had 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 continue and further discovery will be made public.”