Three die in gas explosion in Ogun

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Three persons including an infant, on Wednesday, died in a gas explosion that occurred in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

It was gathered that the incident occurred around 3 pm at Oke-Egunya, along NTA Road in Abeokuta South Local Government Area.

According to an eyewitness, the incident occurred when a technician was topping up gas of a faulty refrigerator at a residence in the area.

The eyewitness said: “In the process of topping up gas into the refrigerator, there was an attraction of fire from someone cooking with firewood and there came an explosion.”

The Director of Fire Service in the state, Mr Fatai Adefala, while confirming the incident, said that his men rushed to the scene, after receiving the distress call.

According to him, upon getting to the scene, we discovered it was a gas explosion.

He confirmed three were burnt to death as they were caught up with the explosion.

“We received a distress call at 3:15 pm at Oke-Igbore. We learnt it was a spark of fire. On getting there, we discovered it was a gas explosion.

“What really happened was that they were cooking outside with fire and unfortunately the gas exploded.

“They were trying to top the gas in the fridge, in the process, it exploded.

“Three lives were lost, one infant was among them. For now, the bodies are still lying there. You know it was those who are living in that house that were affected. It is an ancient building,” he said.

The Spokesperson, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi also confirmed the incident.

Akinbiyi said that seven injured victims were rescued and taken to the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Idi Aba, Abeokuta, while the deceased had been buried by their family according to Islamic rites.

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