Gas explosion at Obasanjo Library kills 1, another seriously injured


A gas explosion at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, has led to the death of a technician and the serious injury of another.

The Cable reported that some technicians at the facility were doing some routine maintenance of the air conditioning units at the event center when one of the cylinders exploded.

Confirming the incident in a statement issued on Thursday in Abeokuta, Mr. Vitalis Ortese, the Managing Director, OOPL Ventures, said that the explosion occurred at the main event Marquee during the servicing of the air conditioning units.

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“The explosion emanated when a pair of technical vendors were conducting routine servicing of the air conditioning units,” the statement reads.

Ortese said that the incident occurred at 11.00 a.m. and the injured technician was immediately taken to the hospital for treatment while the corpse was deposited at the morgue.

The official said that the emergency team of the library with support from the state fire service had contained the fire arising from the explosion.

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He said that visitors into the complex were temporarily limited to contain any fallouts from the explosion while the fire service put out the fire.

Ortese, said that normalcy has, however, been restored after the area was cleared by the fire service.

He noted that this was the second incident of an explosion in Abeokuta in the last week arising from has air condition unit and appealed to the authorities to investigate the causes.

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On May 12, three people, including an infant, were killed while others sustained injuries, following a gas explosion that occurred in another area of the state capital.


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