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Eku: Kerosene Seller, Daughter Die In Fatal Explosion



By John Tega

Two persons, a woman and her daughter, have been confirmed dead, while another of her child and another woman were badly burned in a gory fire incident caused by kerosene on Saturday morning.

Oasis Magazine (OM) gathered that the fire that claimed the life of the woman known as Carol and the daughter, Favour, was said to have occurred at about 6 am in Eku, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State.

According to Nyerhovwo Akusu, an eyewitness who spoke with OM, the fire started after the kerosene Carol was selling to the yet to be identified woman was torched by an exposed flame and, it escalated after other kegs of kerosene kept in her store exploded, affecting a stretch of three stores and a caravan in the vicinity.

Another eyewitness, Efe Ikoyo, revealed that while Carol died in the fire, Favour died while being taken to the hospital for treatment.

He said that by the time men of the Delta State University fire service arrived at the scene, the damage had already been done.

There was no information about the woman Carol was selling the kerosene to and no information about the surviving child as at the time of filing this report. However, the eyewitnesses confirmed the woman and the child who survived the fire were badly burnt and that they were rushed to the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, for treatment.

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