OLAWALE DANIEL (LAGOS, NIGERIA) 3:01PM: According to an eye witness, at least, not less than three persons have been reportedly injured and many cars were damaged at Four Points by Sheraton Hotels, Oniru, Lagos state due to a gas cylinder explosion.
The gravy incident took place around 12:35PM on Wednesday.
In a statement released by Lagos state emergency management (LASEMA) through his public affairs officer, Nosa Okunbor, the cause of the explosion was due to a hose leakage in one of the gas cylinders. He made known to the media that further investigation has commenced to find out the cause of the incident and all the injured persons are receiving proper and immediate treatment in the hospital.
“On getting to the scene of the incident, a gas cylinder was said to have exploded within the vicinity of the hotel. Further investigations revealed that the gas cylinder used by welders working in the yard of the hotel premises exploded due to a leakage of one of the gas cylinder hose,” he said.
“A total of three people sustained severe injuries as a result of the blast and two has been rushed to Lagos Island General hospital for intensive care by LASEMA ambulance unit while one was rushed to a nearby private hospital.”
Many valuables including cars and room windows in the Four Points hotel were shattered by the explosion.
“Several cars and hotel room windows were shattered as a result of items flying objects due to the blast.”
Okunbor said the recovery operation of the hotel is ongoing in order to restore normalcy in the hotel.
“The situation is under control as combined efforts of the LASEMA response unit, NPF alongside the staffs of the hotel are on ground to ensure a swift recovery. Recovery operation ongoing,” he said.