Thursday, 15 June 2017

11-month-old girl dies in kerosene explosion that has left her mother, brother, others hospitalized

Explosions from adulterated kerosene have killed an 11-month-old baby, injured the baby’s mother, the woman’s son, another woman and a 14-year-old boy in different parts of Aba, Abia State.

The three incidents, which occurred last week, have created panic in Aba as residents now live in fear of adulterated kerosene. At the Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH), Aba, where some of the victims were rushed to, they were in obvious pains. .

Mrs. Blessing Uzoukwu, the mother to one of the victims, Mrs. Chibuzor Chinomso, narrated how her daughter, the 11-month-old baby and her grandson got burnt. She said: “They returned from Bible study with her children by 7 p.m.

There was power failure, so she ‘dropped’ the baby on her back in order to put on her lamp. As she lit the lamp and tried to refill it with kerosene, it exploded and caught her and the baby.

It was in her effort to save her baby that the fire burnt her like this. She managed to save her grown up baby boy who is hospitalised at Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia.

The 11-month-old baby girl was burnt to ashes with every other property in the house.” Also, Mrs. Obioma Ali, the daughter of another victim, who is a councillor in Obingwa Ward 12, explained how her mother got burnt by kerosene explosion. .

She said: “It was by midnight when she tried to refill her lamp that was going off. As she tried to pour the kerosene, it exploded and burnt my mum. She has used the kerosene, which exploded, for over a month. .

She has being using it in the same way.” Ali, however, said wife of Abia State governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, visited her on Saturday and urged the hospital to continue treating her.

Source: Instablog9ja, NewTelegraph

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