Nine injured as explosion rocks Ogun steel company

Nine injured as explosion rocks Ogun steel company

The Ogun State Police Command has confirmed that nine persons were injured in a gas explosion on Saturday at a steel company in Ogijo, Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.

The explosion was reported to have occurred at Phoenix Steel Mills in Ogijo.

Confirming the incident in a statement on Sunday, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, said the victims of the blast were factory workers.

According to Odutola, a Superintendent of Police, the victims were taken to Rolayo Private Hospital in Ikorodu, Lagos State.

The statement read: ”There was a case of an industrial accident that occurred at Phoenix Metal Company in Ogijo on March 9 at 9.38 pm

“According to eyewitness accounts, the explosion was attributed to a cylinder explosion which happened at the melting point area, affecting staff members who sustained injuries.

“The explosion impacted nearby houses as window frames were reportedly cracked due to the vibration from the blast.

“Community youths tried to attack the company but policemen and an Army detachment of 174 battalions in Odogunyan Ikorodu were visibly on the ground to intervene.

“The situation is under control and close monitoring; there is no indication for panic, whereas further updates will be communicated to members of the public.”

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