Tank Farm Explosion Kills Nine in Calabar

No fewer than nine persons have lost their lives over tank farm explosion that occurred in Cross River State.
The incident occurred at Linc Oil and Gas tank farm in the morning hour of Sunday.
The State Police Commissioner, Hafiz Inuwa, confirmed the figure to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), adding that so many other persons sustained various degrees of injuries.
The Commissioner who said that the Manager of the depot was yet to brief the Police of the cause of the fire, disclosed that those who sustained injuries were being treated at hospitals in Calabar.
“Up until now, nobody has come out to tell us that this is what caused the fire outbreak.
“We have gone round, 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.”
Officials of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), were at the accident scene to assess the damage done.
The explosion was said to have affected the high-tension cable close to the tank farm, two vehicles and other equipment in the area.
The explosion occurred during discharge of new products into the tank farm.
A source was quoted saying, “As we speak right now, the vessel that brought in our new product is just by the port here. Some of our staff were discharging the old product from the tank with a view to bring in the new one when the fire outbreak occurred.”

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