No fewer that 15 persons were feared dead and many others injured yesterday in a fire incident at a tank farm in Calabar free change area (CFTZ), Calabar, move River country.
The guardian learnt that the incident befell whilst a vessel changed into supplying premium Motor Spirit (PMS), additionally known as petrol, to two of the tank farms round 2:00 a.m.
The eyewitness stated the ship became at the river supplying the product thru pipes that passed thru the premises of the tank farms approximately seven-hundred metres away.
He stated: “whilst imparting become occurring, a member of group of workers of one of the tank farms, who became now not on duty that night time, opened the pipes internal their premises to siphon petrol but pressure from the pipe knocked him down and he died instantaneous.
“The petrol now flowing in large portions filled the premises and flowed via gutters returned into the river and into the Esuk Utan network and this was round 4:00 a.m. due to the sturdy fumes of the petrol, some contributors of the community awoke to realize that petrol become flowing thru their gutters and determined to scoop the product for themselves.
“There must had been a spark which set off a hearth and killed six of them instant. The hearth observed the petrol via the gutters back to the vessel that supplied it but the guys on board managed to prevent the fireplace from engulfing the vessel, using state-of-the-art hearth-combating system.”
however, a fishing settlement at the waterfront nearby was now not so fortunate as “the settlement, which additionally serves as a fish market, turned into razed and seven human beings, who lived there, lost their lives and many timber canoes and engine boats were caught inside the inferno.
3 vessels within the adjoining Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) had been additionally tormented by the fire, together with the tank farm in which the problem began but it changed into additionally checked via the state-of-the-art hearth-fighting gadget in the premises.
any other eyewitness, a member of team of workers of one of the tank farms, who pleaded anonymity, said: “nearly 13 human beings that we were capable of verify have died. So, many have severe accidents and had been rushed to the hospital.
meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, who showed the incident, stated that 9 human beings died. He introduced that several other folks, who sustained accidents, were presently being dealt with in one of the hospitals in Calabar.
consistent with him, the supervisor of the depot is yet to quick the police on what brought about the explosion. “Up until now, nobody has come out to tell us what caused the fireplace outbreak.
“we’ve long gone spherical, we’ve performed what we will do but investigation will later reveal what sincerely brought about the explosion,” he stated.
The Commissioner for Petroleum resources, Mr. Itaya Nyong, who turned into on the scene and seemingly no longer happy with the unlucky incident, stated: “The culprits could be delivered to ebook. The fireplace turned into due to the sports of criminal elements.”