Family Burned To Death Due to Kerosene Explosion in Calabar
According to reports, the incident happened on Monday, August 24, 2020 at Scanobo, Ikot Ekpo Community, Mile 9, Calabar Municipality local government area of Cross River State. The explosion took the life of four people including a 300 Level Economics student of the University of Calabar (UNICAL).
According to reports from an eyewitnesses, the 300 Level student, Mathias Nyong who happens to be the class rep of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, was burned alongside his in-law, Esuabana Thomas, 45, and his two siblings, Esua Thomas, 14 and Edet Thomas, 12, at about 9-10pm that same night.
An eyewitnesses who identified herself as Esther, said Nyong just finished celebrating his birthday in church that same day and was trying to help one of his siblings with light so she can read for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) exams after a power outage.
“Mathias came back from the rehearsal that evening after celebrating his birthday in church and was trying to help his niece get ready for her WAEC exams when PHED took the light at about 9pm.
“His sister (Mother of the House) then asked them to light kerosene lantern but one of them (the older nephew) refused. It was the little niece that went to pour kerosene into the lantern and as soon as she lit it, the lantern exploded and she threw it away and ran out of the house with fire on her leg.
“Their mother was already outside when the incident occurred but Nyong, his in-law, Esuabana and two of his siblings, Esua and Edet were inside the house. The in-law was already asleep.
“The fire burned them, leaving only one survivor who was rushed to the hospital but later died. The door was opened, I don’t know why they couldn’t escape the incident”, Esther said.
The fire which was put off by residents in the area but it was late as the four victims were already roasted inside the house.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Cross River State, DSP Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident, adding that, “we are investigating the matter”.
The People of 8 Miles have witnessed series of Kerosene explosion in recent times with families dying as a result of it.