Seven Kwarapoly students, attendant escape death in gas station explosion

By Tunde Oyekola

Eight people, including seven students of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Kwara State, and an Attendant at a gas filling station reportedly escaped death in a fire incident that occurred at a gas refilling shop near a student hostel late Saturday night.

They, however, sustained varying degrees of injury during the incident, according to the State Fire Service.

The fire incident occurred at Destiny Villa, Dola Abimbola Street, Elekoyangan area close to the main campus of the Polytechnic in the Ilorin East Local Government Area of the state.

The Head of the Department, Media and Publicity of the state Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle, said that the fire started when a gas attendant at a nearby gas shop was refilling a gas cylinder positioned several meters above the ground level.

“The cylinder fell and exploded, concurrently releasing gas from the charged hose used for refilling. This exacerbated the fire, resulting in injuries to seven Kwara State Polytechnic students and the gas attendant.

“The firemen promptly departed from the station and upon arrival at the scene, they encountered a building with about 17 self-contained rooms fully ablaze. Four rooms were affected, and eight individuals sustained injuries”.

Adekunle said that the total estimated property lost was valued at N14.6 million, while the total estimated property saved was N72.2 million.

In response to the incident, the Director of Kwara State Fire Service, Prince Falade John, dispatched his team to check on the affected students on Sunday, November 19, 2023.

The Director, however, urged the members of the public to prioritize safety measures to prevent fire disasters.

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