Explosion in Port Harcourt kills six, injures 13 Reviewed by Momizat on . Six burnt bodies have so far been recovered in the first phase of the search for victims in the early morning fire explosion involving a petrol tanker at Igwuru Six burnt bodies have so far been recovered in the first phase of the search for victims in the early morning fire explosion involving a petrol tanker at Igwuru Rating:
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Explosion in Port Harcourt kills six, injures 13

Six burnt bodies have so far been recovered in the first phase of the search for victims in the early morning fire explosion involving a petrol tanker at Igwuruta roundabout, leading to the Port Harcourt international airport.

The explosion, which also razed cars and houses, occurred after the petrol tanker skidded off the roundabout.

In a telephone conversation, the Rivers state Commissioner of police, Mohammed Indabwa , said about 13 persons were badly wounded and are receiving treatment in different hospitals.

He expressed satisfaction over the collaboration of all security agencies and the social workers in the emergency rescue mission.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Special Duties, Emeka Nwogu said he was not happy with the youth of the area who vandalised two fire service vehicles on rescue mission.

Mr Nwogu said if the firemen, who arrived at the scene 30 minutes after the fire started were not attacked, the casualty figure would have been less.
The governor of the state, Chibuike Amaechi who also visited the scene of the incident said that the government would assist the victims of the fire explosion and directed that houses and shops around the roundabout should be demolished immediately.

A family of four lost their lives in the fire.

A similar fire incident occurred in 2007 around the Eleme axis of Port Harcourt.

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  • ahned ismaila

    While your report is sound, am sorry the caption was misleading and deceptive in this perilous time. Next time kindly be better elaborative than suggestive.

  • Kryme

    the story title is inappropriate, why say “explosion..” instead of “fire..” this is tantamount to false alarm raising, and is highly deceptive… So much for journalism.

  • Randie Chima

    To make matters worse, two of the fire trucks that were supposed to put out the fire collided en-route that’s why people were trying to extinguish the fire manually.

  • Agomoh Michael

    Hmmm thank God-i thourth it was another Boko Haram Bomb blast-May the souls of the victims rest in Peace.

  • http://www.facebook.com Ijezie ifeanyi

    The heading in deceptive. Its a kind of raising false alarm

  • emman

    To make the matter worst no fire fighter around to off this kind of fire it would have done alot.The Nigeria state is too inefficient.
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  • Ogbulafor Chikezie J

    Sorry oo that is the work of the enemy, the berif family take heart & those in the hospital may God see them through.

    • http://YourWebsite... Dele

      The work of the enemy Which enemy???? It is innefficiency of Nigerian Government. Bad Road, Fire service coming after 30 mins What a SHAME!!! The pple had to take the law into their own hands. Yes Why Not? These fire men could not rescue the situation why are they there taking salaries Like Nigerian Police.They better quit the Job. Nigerian Government Chai. Unless we learn to be responsible and disciplined ppl, We will continue to loose lives unnessarily. Look at our driving system, how many drivers went through Good Driving schools like every other Country??? Life has no value in Nigeria. Government should wake up, Drivers and road users should be disciplined.Thats why our driving license is worthless abroad bc they know how we got it, stay at home give 5000 u have ur license . Nigerian Government Chai U ar a disappointment to Humanity!!!

  • http://YourWebsite... Toddy Manuel

    What a sad story. It is sad that youths would vandalize fire trucks that came to put out a fire and save lives and proprty. So much for responsible citizenship. Just shows disaffection with government and governance. It is also worrying that the answer of government is the Governor’s order that all shops and houses around the roundabout be demolished. My query is, did the houses and shops cause the accident? Secondly, did they cause the fire? How about going three steps further. Ban tankers from loading fuel. Where they load fuel, ban them from all roads that have roundabouts, or better still, demolish the road and the roundabout. That way no tanker would be on the road in question carrying fuel which has been banned thus once and for all preventing the accident. Sounds stupid? Yes it is as stupid as demolishing the shops and houses around the Igwuruta roundabout. A proper solution should be educating tanker haulage drivers on responsible road use. This includes ensuring that such vehicles are roadworthy, the drivers are sufficentky educated to read signs and above all, the drivers have value for their life and the lives of others on the road.

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