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Kerosene Explosion In Calabar as family of four lost.


At least four persons are confirmed dead at Ikot Ekpo community 8 miles on the outskirt of Calabar, following an explosion caused by adulterated kerosene.
It was gathered that the explosion, which occurred Monday night, killed a 45-year-old man, two of his children and an in-law beat the apartment.

The deceased, Mr Esuabana Thomas Okon and his two children who died with him were Okon Esua Thomas aged 14 and Edet Esua Thomas, 12, including their In-law, Mathias perished within the explosion, all from Ukwa Eburutu in Odukpani government of the State.

The landlord of the deceased and relation told Vanguard that Esuabana’s wife and his daughter were the sole survivors as four others were killed within the explosion.

The landlord, Engineer Efiom Offiong Efanga, said he wasn't reception when the incident happened since he was yet to pack into his own a part of the apartment which was yet to be completed but a neighbour drew his attention to the ugly development at about 10 pm last night.

How words:

“I had a out in a few minute to 10 O’clock that there was a fireplace outbreak in my compound so I had to rush down here. By the time I came , the neighbours had succeeded in putting out the hearth but they didn't know initially that folks had actually been burnt inside because it seems there have been no screams.

“It was after the hearth was extinguished that we discovered three persons inside who were already dead. Another victim, who was also fatally burnt, was rushed to the hospital but he gave up the ghost on the way then his body was brought back.

“The only survivor among the youngsters is that the daughter. I met her therein Church on the brink of my compound, very frightened. She told me that the mum asked the elderly brother to refill the lantern but the boy refused and went inside, which after some minute, the mum decided to send her to refill the lantern which as soon as she poured the kerosene into the already lit but dim lantern, there was an enormous explosion so she threw the lantern away and ran out.

She said the mother was outside easing herself when the explosion occurred.

” Also speaking, a relative to the Esuabanas, Mr Samuel Inyang, who said the explosion happened at about 9.30 described the incident as mysterious, adding that what surprised everyone was how the girl could run out while his father and therefore the other three couldn't , even when the door was opened.

He said:

“The incident happened within the kitchen. The four persons who died were within the room but we cannot explain why they might not run out of the door. How can our kerosene be exploding like bombs? it's a mystery that the door was opened but our brother and his children and in-law couldn't escape.

The fire incident started within the kitchen, not the space , and that they had every opportunity to possess escaped but they might not.

It is a mystery.” Inyang suspected that the kerosene may are heavily adulterated, and further appealed to relevant government agencies to accentuate efforts at bringing to an end the case of petroleum bunkering which he said encouraged dealers to combine all kinds of things with kerosene.

“Bunkering kerosene is believed to be liable for of these explosions. the govt should rise to the occasion and save the lives of Nigerians,” he said.

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