9 killed in oil depot explosion in Calabar

An explosion at Linc Oil and Gas tank farm in Calabar, Cross River state, on Sunday morning has reportedly led to the death of nine persons.

The state commissioner of police, Hafiz Inuwa confirmed the incident to NAN.

He said several persons sustained injuries and are bring treated at an undisclosed hospital.

He added that 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,” he said.

“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.”

The fire reportedly affected the high tension cable connected to the transformer, burning two vehicles.

A staff who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the fire incident occurred when old product in the tank was being discharged.

“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,” he was quoted to have said.

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