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Gas cylinder explosion at Four Points hotel raises safety concerns in Lagos

At a time concerns have been raised on the safety standards of certain cylinders used in the storage of domestic and industrial gas, yesterday in Lagos, no fewer than three were injured in a cylinder explosion that occurred at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Oniru Victoria Island, Lagos State.

Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) in a statement, said “On getting to the scene of the incident, a gas cylinder was said to have exploded within the vicinity of the hotel.” “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.”

Lasema said a gas cylinder used by welders working in the yard of the hotel premises caused the incident.

According to LASEMA, several windows of several cars and hotel rooms were shattered in the blast, but added that “The situation is under control as a combined efforts of the LASEMA Response Unit and Nigeria Police. Members of Staff of the hotel are also on ground to ensure a swift recovery.”