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19 Die In Abia Fire Incidents



The Abia State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has confirmed the death of 19 persons, following Friday’s pipeline explosion in two villages in Osisioma local government area of the state.  The state commander of the corps, Benito Eze, confirmed the number of casualties to journalists in Umuahia, the state capital. Eze said 16 persons, including one woman, died in the explosion that occurred around 2.47am at Umuaduru Village in Umueze.

He also said three others died in the fire that occurred at about 3am in a private residence at Umuimo Village in the area. Narrating the incident, Eze, who said he visited the scene around 4am, described the incident as unfortunate. He said, while the Umuaduru incidence happened when some youths in the area tried to scoop petroleum products from vandalised pipelines, the fire at Umuimo happened when a woman, identified as a food vendor, got up at about 3am to start cooking for the day’s business. “I gathered that the family stored petrol in the house and that it caught fire when the woman wanted to set up fire for cooking. “The fire razed the whole house but the woman and her husband did not die but managed to escape with burns,” he said. The civil defence boss said the couple had been taken to a hospital for medical attention.