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Update: 20 Injured In Ketu Fire As Thugs Attack LASEMA

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A story building has gone up in flames in the Alapere area of Ketu, Lagos State.

According to reports, a child attempted to switch on the gas when it exploded.

An eyewitness said a gas cylinder exploded around 5.00 pm on Thursday, shattering glasses in the storey building as massive fire erupted around the Ile-Ile bus stop, Ketu, opposite Delta Crown Hospital.

The Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said 20 people were injured in the fire incident.

He said, “When we got to the scene, a block of flats consisting of six units was gutted by fire at No 44, Adebayo Street off Ile-Ile, Ketu Alapere, behind Polaris Bank in Lagos.

“After the rescue, we discovered five casualties while four of them were treated on the scene and another 15 victims who were severely burnt have been taken to hospital for further treatment.

“The cause of the fire is unknown as there is a power outage, but there is speculation at the scene that the fire is as a result of a gas cylinder explosion.

“Two units of the apartment were affected while the prompt response of the fire service prevented it from further spreading.”

Meanwhile, after putting out the fire, thugs reportedly attacked officers of LASEMA.

Public Affairs Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Agency, Nosa Okunbor, said the officials were forced to leave the area after escaping being lynched.

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