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Emergency workers attending to one of the two bodies currently recovered at the scene of Egbe-Idimu, Lagos, explosion.
Two yet-to-be-identified persons lost their lives on Thursday during the fire incident that razed some parts of the Egbe-Idimu Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.

Another yet-to-be-identified victim, who was said to have sustained "70 degree burns," was taken to the Igando General Hospital, where doctors are reportedly battling to save his life.

The PUNCH gathered that the three victims were having a bath in a stream in the area to cleanse themselves spiritually when the fire started and subsequently burned two of them to death.

According to residents in the area, the pastor conducting the spiritual cleansing, upon sighting the fire, ran away and abandoned the victims.

The PUNCH had reported that the fire incident was caused by the activities of suspected vandals who ruptured the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation's pipeline in the area in a bid to steal fuel.

The ruptured pipeline was said to have been spilling fuel continuously, leading to the fire incident that razed four locations in the community.

The Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Nosa Okunbor, in an updated reaction to the fire incident said, "Two people were burnt to death, and another victim who sustained 70 degree burns has been taken to Igando General Hospital for treatment.

"What we gathered from bystanders was that the victims were performing spiritual cleansing when the fire met them there and burnt them.

"But the pastor escaped and ran away.

"We saw the sponges used for the cleansing at the scene of the fire incident.

"Rescue and recovery operations is ongoing."