Scene of the explosion in Lafia, Nasarawa state (image courtesy Channels TV)

The Nasarawa State Government says it has launched an investigation into a gas explosion that led to the death of several persons on Monday.

Deputy Governor of the state, Silas Agara, made this known when he visited the scene of the incident which left many others injured in Lafia, the state capital.

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“It is unfortunate, we have never had this kind of situation in Lafia,” he lamented. “This is the first fire outbreak affecting a major filling station with this magnitude.

He added, “Investigation is still ongoing, we can’t say with certainty the number of casualties for now but you can see that what needs to be done has been addressed.”

Agara thanked the emergency officials and the security operatives who rushed to the scene to ensure that the situation was brought under control.

The gas explosion occurred close to a fuel station situated directly opposite another station along the Lafia-Abuja Road.

The fire broke out after an attempt by the vendors to refill their gas cylinders from tanks failed and resulted into a leakage.