The fatality toll following a gas tanker explosion on the Bank Anthony Way in Lagos on Thursday night, June 17, has grown to five.
Three of the bodies, supposed to be adult males, were discovered inside one of the stores at the OPIC plaza, as National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) operatives hunt for a child whose mother was rescued earlier this morning.
It was discovered that a woman at the Chinese Restaurant remained screaming about her child while being taken to the hospital, indicating that someone was imprisoned.
The operatives conducted another search, which resulted in the finding of two more bodies, one of which was a toddler.
Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), spoke about the rescue operation.
“First responders worked to control the spread to the adjacent properties as well as the nearby petrol station until 0400hrs Friday.
Thirteen people with various degrees of burns were rescued comprising nine males and four females. They were provided with pre hospital care before taken to Lagos State health facilities for further treatment
The affected truck has been moved, the entire affected area cordoned off and post disaster assessment ongoing”