A family of four have been reported dead from Kerosene explosion at 124 Murtala Muhammed Highway, Ikot Omin in 8 miles, Calabar, Cross River State. The victims were, Mrs Nseobong Uduak (Mother) Miracle 10, Silas 3 and a two month old baby, whose name could not be ascertained were seriously burnt to dead.
The kerosene sold to the family was adulterated. The victims who were rushed to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar had severe burnt and could not survive it.
The two bedroom apartment occupied by the victims was razed and property worth millions of naira destroyed. An eyewitness who gave her name as Rachel Akpan, blamed the incident on adulterated kerosene which, she said, exploded as one of the deceased children, Miracle, was about filling the lantern with kerosene.
She said, “I was inside my apartment when I heard something exploded like bomb, and as I rushed outside, I saw my neighbour’s house engulfed with smoke and uncontrollable flame of fire just within a twinkling of an eye. “One of our neighbours said that before the explosion, she heard the young woman, Nseobong Uduak, telling her first son, Miracle, to fill the lantern with kerosene.
“Everybody was battling on how to put off the inferno and rescue the victims, but before we could do so, Silas and the baby had been burnt to death. Miracle and the mother were rushed to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital but both gave up the ghost.
“Some neighbours put a call through to the State fire service but help never came and the neighbours managed to put out the fire all by themselves. She expressed surprise that the fire service has not been forthcoming in terms of rescue during emergencies.”
A resident, who gave his name as Evangelist Jeremiah Joshua, expressed surprise that cases of kerosene explosion were becoming too rampant in Calabar and therefore called on the Federal Government to ascertain the source of kerosene supplied to the masses for domestic usage.
“Most times, the kerosene was bought from filling station as we are advised to do and not from road sides. Even those selling by road sides also buy from filling stations but the question is; why is kerosene exploding these days? Nigerians had used kerosene since it became a nation. “The federal government should explain to Nigerians the cause of kerosene explosions in the country,” he stated.