No fewer than 17 persons have been confirmed dead and 25 others injured after a gas explosion rocked the Abule -Ado area , near the International Trade Fair Complex , Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State on Sunday .
More than 50 buildings in the area were impacted by the explosion , as hundreds of residents were rendered homeless .
Several vehicles parked in the area were also destroyed by the explosion.
Boarding pupils of the Bethlehem Girls College were trapped in the wreckage of their hostel , as residents and sympathisers pulled them out of the rubble.
An Eye Witness said:
“ We were in the church when it happened . At first, we thought it was a tanker explosion and we ran out of the church to see what had happened . But on getting out , we saw fire raging .
“ My brother ’s house was affected and a woman , who just gave birth , was in the house . We cannot hear her voice and she is not picking her calls .
“ Immediately the explosion happened , the chapel of the school , where the children were gathered for morning mass , collapsed . Some were trapped underneath the rubble, while some have been rescued and rushed to hospital. ”