Two persons were killed while several others were injured Thursday morning in gas explosion at a filling station in Adigbe area of Abeokuta, Ogun State.
It was gathered that the explosion also caused an inferno which destroyed over seven makeshift shops, as well as a motorcycle popularly called Okada parked near the scene.
The intervention of the state Fire Service halted the fire from causing further havoc.
The incident occurred at about 11:00 a.m on Thursday when a welder was carrying out a repair work at RAB Engineering Petrol Station in the area.
The Ogun State Director of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Shakiru Adebakin, who confirmed the incident, told newsmen that the fire was caused by a man-made error that could have been averted if the owner of the filling station had adopted simple safety precaution.
Also, the state Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Aboluwoye Akinwande, who confirmed that two people died in the incident, said quick intervention by relevant agencies prevented the fire from spreading to several places.