At least two persons have been reported dead, with over 20 others seriously injured in a gas explosion at Aduke Street in Ajegunle, Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Confirming the incident, the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said that two children were burnt to death in the incident.

Oke-Osanyintolu said: “Upon arrival at the scene of the incident, it was discovered that a gas cylinder store had exploded as a result of gas leakage.

“Further investigations revealed that the fire was ignited as a result of a call being made by an unidentified resident near the gas retailing shop. The fire escalated to other nearby shops and a bungalow behind the shops.

“Unfortunately, two children lost their lives and multiple burn casualties were recorded, 23 in number.”

He further disclosed that all the casualties had been evacuated to the Burn Unit, Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos.