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Scores feared dead in Nnewi gas plant explosion

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Nnewi-FireScores were yesterday feared dead on the eve of Christmas in Nnewi, Anambra State, when an industrial gas plant suddenly exploded.

Many of the victims were trapped inside the Inter Corp Oil Limited (LPG Gas Plant) factory, a subsidiary of Chikason Group, located along Nnewi-Okigwe road behind Innoson Motor Manufacturing Industry.

Most of the victims, who had gone to the gas plant to get a refill ahead of Christmas were burnt beyond recognition, while some others, who were in the neighborhood and surroundings of the gas plant also got caught in the inferno.

The few lucky victims, who were severely burnt, have been taken to Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital, NAUTH, Nnewi.

The fire destroyed the depot and its surroundings including some buildings and cars around it. Workers, customers and motorcyclists are among those feared dead. The cause of the fire, which started in the afternoon was yet to be ascertained as at press time.


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