An incident of gas explosion on Friday killed five persons in Okwe community in Asaba, Delta State.
It was gathered that the explosion which immediately threw Asaba and Okwe communities into sorrow and anguish was the second of its kind since this year 2018.
An eyewitness, Josiah Nwandi told DAILY POST that the gas explosion started in mysterious circumstance as its boom rented Akease street in Okwe community, leaving residents of the area to scamper for their dear life.
He said, “We heard the shout of a woman in a shop where they were filling a gas, and we all moved into the place. On getting there, we discovered blood every where”. He added that a customer was refilling his gas around a cooking stove when the cylinder exploded into a nearby room where a mother and her two children were eating.
It was further gathered that the mother of the children, whose name was given as Rosemary Adebeh, made frantic efforts to save her children but to no avail as fire consumed the three of them while two other persons (including the customer) who were rushed to Okwe community General Hospital gave up the ghost few minutes on their arrival.
A doctor, who was on duty but does want his name in print, told DAILY POST that, “we could not manage the situation of the patients, they burnt beyond recognition, and their situation was very bad as they were rushed into the hospital they gave up. It’s very unfortunate”.
Speaking to DAILY POST upon his visit to the families of the victims, the state commissioner for special duties, Barr. Earnest Ogwezzy expressed shock over the incident, but assured that the state government would get to the root of the explosion as it was committed to the well-being of Deltans.
He said, “The explosion is very unfortunate. On behalf of the state government, I sympathize with the family of the victims. It’s very sad, and unfortunate.”
Meanwhile, tears flowed freely as at the time of this report, especially from the husband of the woman who died along with the two children.
The bereaved father cried profusely, lamenting that, “I am finished, I’m finished. Where do I start from? Who did this to me? How can I cope with the situation? It is finished”.