A technician and a yet-to-be identified person have been confirmed dead as gas explosion rocked Conference Hotel, Presidential Boulevard, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The hotel, located at the Water Corporation headquarters junction in capital city is owned by a former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
Three others were also reported to have sustained injuries in the explosion and are currently receiving treatment in a hospital.
Recall that two cases of gas explosion had occurred in Abeokuta last week, resulting in the death of four persons, including a minor.
The Hotel Facility Manager, Tunde Osinubi, who confirmed the incident in a statement he signed and made available to journalists on Tuesday, said the explosion occurred as a result of fake gas cylinder used whie servicing a revolving door at the hotel.
He said, “A routine maintenance of the Automatic revolving Door at the entrance of the Hotel Reception which involved the use of oxyacetylene gas to weld the door hinges was being carried out.
“The Oxyacetylene gas cylinder suddenly exploded, killing the technician and one other person yet to be identified.
“The gas cylinder purchased at the open market may be fake and unable to withstand gas pressure.”
Osinubi, however, expressed sympathy of the hotel management with families and friends of the deceased, advising the general public to beware of fake gas cylinders in the market.