One dead, 2 wounded in kerosine explosion

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BY PETER OKUTU

ABAKALIKI—Kerosine explosion, Sunday, claimed the life of a 13-year-old Chidera Nwoba,  at Mbukobe, Ebonyi State, while two others sustained injuries from another blasts in the area.

The injured, Chibueze Ugorji, 8, from Isukwatu, Abia State, and Uche Kalueze, 6, of Akaeze, Ebonyi State, are now receiving treatment at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, following severwed burnt suffered as a result of the explosion.

The explosion, which led to the unfortunate demise of Chidera, according to sources, occurred at about 6.45am as she attempted to put on a stove to prepare breakfast for her siblings.

The stove was reported to have allegedly busted into flames and burnt her to death before neighbours could put out the flames.

An eye-witness who spoke with Vanguard, said he heard a loud explosion and rushed out only to see that the house was in flames.

The eyewitness said: “Before we could put out the fire, the girl had already given up the ghost but she was rushed to hospital where the doctors confirmed her dead”.

When Vanguard visited the two injured victims, Uche and Chibueze, at FETHA, they were lying critically ill because of the severe burns they suffered from the explosion.

Recounting her experience, mother of one of the victims, Mrs. Ada Kalueze, stated that they were in the parlour of the house when power from PHCN went off and she sent her son to put on the  lantern. She explained that while the boy was inside the room to put on the lantern, it blew into flames.

She said: “As I heard the sound of the burst of the lantern, I rushed into the room and saw flames in my room with my three children in the room. I entered the room despite the fire to rescue my children but the fire burnt Uche much because he was directly involved, I was equally burnt on my hands and legs.

“The fire destroyed property in the room but did not spread to other rooms. I was the one who bought the kerosene from one woman who sells kerosene along the street.

“I met these people in the hospital with the same kerosene explosion case, they said they bought kerosene from the same woman, which I believe was adulterated, but now the woman is claiming that she bought the kerosene from a filling station.”

Contacted, the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sylvester Igbo, stated that the incident was yet to be reported to the command.

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