At least four people have been killed in an explosion at a cooking gas plant in south-eastern Nigeria, a Red Cross spokesman had said.
All the people at the gas plant were allegedly burnt to ashes while some of the victims who were in the neighbourhood and passersby were caught in the inferno.
“The fire exploded like a bomb, and the whole gas station went up in thick, black smoke amidst an explosion from cooking gas cylinders”, Peters said.
Another eyewitness, who is a local reporter insisted that about 100 people – workers in the factory and customers – died in the fire.
The explosion occurred at Chicason gas plant in the heart of the ancient town of Nnewi, Anambra state.
The Vice Chairman of the NRC in Anambra State, Prof.
At the scene of the incident, the charred bodies of the victims and other severely burnt persons were taken to Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital, NAUTH, Nnewi.
At that time there were customers around who had been refilling their gas cyllinders, Vanguard reports.
Apart from lives lost to the inferno, many buildings and over 50 vehicles around the gas plant were equally affected and some dead victims were actually recovered in their homes.
“They called Awka and Onitsha to rescue them”, Prince added.