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Gas explosion rocks steel company, 9 staff injured

A gas explosion on Saturday occurred at Phoenix Steel Mills, a steel company in Ogijo town in Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State, causing injuries on nine persons which include staff members of the company.

Penpushing reports that Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer Omolola Odutola confirmed this in a statement explaining that the victims of the blast were factory workers, who were later rushed to Rolayo Private Hospital in Ikorodu, Lagos State.

‘There was a case of an industrial accident that occurred at Phoenix Metal Company in Ogijo on March 9 at 9:38 p.m. According to an eyewitness account, the explosion was attributed to a cylinder explosion which happened at the melting point area, affecting staff members who sustained injuries’, Odutola said.

‘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 efforts by policemen and army detachment of 174 battalion 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 update will be communicated to members of the public’, she stated.

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