Tuesday 17th October, 2017
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9 die in Calabar tank farm explosion

9 die in Calabar tank farm explosion

The Cross-River Po­lice Command has confirmed that nine people died in a fire outbreak that occurred at Linc Oil and Gas tank farm on Sunday morning.

Mr Hafiz Inuwa, the State Commissioner of Police, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the scene of the event, confirmed the figure.

He added that several other persons, who sustained injuries were currently being treated in one of the hospitals in Calabar.

According to him, the manager of the depot is yet to brief the police on what led to the explosion.

“Up until now, nobody has come out to tell us that this is what caused the fire outbreak.

“We have gone around, we have done what we can do but investigation will later reveal what actually led to the explosion.

“For now, nine people are confirmed dead and many others who sustained differ­ent burns are currently re­ceiving treatment in one of the hospitals around town’’, he said.

According to the news Agency of Nigeria (NAN), officials from the Cross-State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) were on ground to assess the extent of damages caused by the explosion.

The inferno also affected the high-tension cable which connected depot’s electricity transformer while two ve­hicles and other important equipment were also burnt to ashes.

The depot manager re­fused to speak with news­men, saying that he was not authorised to speak at the moment.

But, a staff member of the depot said the fire outbreak occurred when staff of the depot where discharging out the old products in the tanks to fill in the new consign­ment.

“As we speak right now, the vessel that brought in our new product is just by the port here. Some of our staff members were dis­charging the old product from the tank with a view to bring in the new one when the fire outbreak occurred”, he said.

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