There was panic among residents on Thursday as a pipeline explosion rocked Glory Land Estate, Isheri-Olofin, Egbe Idimu Local Council Development Area in Lagos State.
Two yet-to-be-identified persons died in the explosion.
Another yet-to-be-identified victim, who was said to have sustained “70 degree burns,” was taken to the Igando General Hospital, where doctors are reportedly battling to save his life.
The pipeline was allegedly damaged by vandals at the early hours of the day.
The ruptured pipeline was said to have been spilling fuel continuously, leading to the fire incident that razed four locations in the community.
The Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Nosa Okunbor, in an updated reaction to the fire incident said, “Two people were burnt to death, and another victim who sustained 70 degrees burns has been taken to Igando General Hospital for treatment.
“What we gathered from bystanders was that the victims were performing spiritual cleansing when the fire met them there and burnt them.
“But the pastor escaped and ran away. We saw the sponges used for the cleansing at the scene of the fire incident.”
He said rescue and recovery operations were ongoing.
Below is a video from the scene.