An explosion rocked the Conference Hotel, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, owned by Gbenga Daniel, a former governor of Ogun State, on Monday, killing two persons.
Three persons were also injured in the incident.
It was learnt that the incident reportedly occurred around 12pm when a technician was filling an automatic door at the entrance of the hotel.
The technician and one other believed to be one of the workers were said to have died instantly, while three others reportedly sustained varying degrees of injury.
The injured were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, while the remains of the dead were deposited at the general hospital morgue in Abeokuta.
Tunde Oshunnubi, the hotel’s facilities manager, confirmed the incident.
“During the routine maintenance of the automatic revolving door at the hotel reception, the maintenance technician used gas to weld the door hinges.
“The oxyacetylene gas cylinder suddenly exploded, killing the technician and one other person yet to be identified.
“Three people were wounded and were immediately taken to hospital. They are responding to treatment. So far no sabotage is suspected,” the Punch quoted Oshunnubi as saying.
He added: “It is suspected that the gas cylinder purchased at the open market may be fake and unable to withstand gas pressure.
“Information reveals that a similar incident occurred in another location in Abeokuta sometime ago with similar casualties.
“The management of the hotel sympathises with the families of the deceased and warn the general public of the presence of fake gas cylinders in the market.”