Four members of a family tragically lost their lives in a kerosene explosion at their home in Ikot Ekpo community, Calabar, Cross River State on Monday, August 24.
According to an eyewitness, a 45-year-old man, Esuabana Thomas, his two children aged 14 and 12, alongside one of his inlaws, died in the kerosene explosion.
According to a statement by the state police command, DSP Irene Ugbo, the kerosene which is suspected to have been adulterated, was being poured into a lantern when the explosion occurred. The explosion resulted in a fire outbreak that razed their apartment. The neighbors say one of the daughters was pouring the kerosene into the lantern which was already lit when the explosion occurred.
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Three people died in the inferno while the fourth person died while being rushed to the hospital.