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Kerosene explosion kills 50-yr-old woman in Cross River


A 50-year-old housewife, Jenny Ibor Okpa, of Ofalosi village in Nko, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River, yesterday, died from kerosene explosion.

 It was gathered that the deceased attempted to light a lantern with a matchstick, when it exploded and flames engulfed her entire room. An eyewitness told
Vanguard that it was the woman’s cry for help that attracted her husband, neighbours and other good Samaritans, who fought hard to put out the fire on her body. But she had reportedly suffered severe burns.

When Vanguard visited the widower, Chief Ibor Okpa, he said his wife was trying to illuminate her room with a lantern, which ended up claiming her life. His words: “It was the loud explosion and her cry for help that attracted me and other neighbours that tried to rescue her. But all efforts to rescue her proved abortive as the raging fire on my wife’s body and her room was really fierce.”

 According to him, they took her to a drug store for first aid, before she was taken to a clinic, where she died. A resident of the area, Mr. Philip Elemi, disclosed that the explosion was caused by adulterated kerosene, which is in circulation in the area. He added that there has been more than 12 kerosene explosion since January.

Source; Vanguard

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