Death toll rises in Ijegun fire outbreak
The death toll of the pipeline explosion at Ijegun, Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State has risen to 12.
Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves, said three of the victims died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, while seven died at Gbagada General Hospital.
According to her, out of the 22 victims rescued by the Lagos State Ambulance Service , nine were taken to LASUTH, 12 to Trauma and Burns Unit of Gbagada General Hospital and one to Alimosho General Hospital.
She said unfortunately, due to the high degree of burns suffered some people died, adding that government will continue to provide intensive care for the remaining victims.
The permanent secretary disclosed that the state government had so far spent over N10 million on the care of the victims.
Correspondent Ijeoma Esek, reports that the explosion affected parts of the Ijegun Community Primary and High Schools, the fence of a Catholic Church, and other nearby buildings.