A 34-year-old girl and her two children have been burnt beyond recognition in a gas explosion at the Amekpa region, at Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
It was gathered that the incident happened on Tuesday evening when the gas cylinder the deceased used in cooking suddenly exploded.
The names of the girl and her children couldn’t be ascertained as of the time of submitting this report, but it was learnt that when the gas cylinder exploded, a part of the building housing two flats was razed down by the fire.
It was also learnt that the husband of the deceased, who is an industrial tricycle operator, was not at home when the incident occurred.
Some residents said the family had moved to the region from Warri.
Eyewitnesses stated that many citizens and sympathisers who made frantic efforts to save the victims put out the flame sustained injuries from the fire.
The eyewitness clarified that the inferno would have expanded to neighbouring buildings but the instant response from the employees of the Delta State Fire Service at Ughelli saved the situation.
The father of the deceased children had attempted to leap into the fire to save his family, but he had been held back as it was discovered that the victims had died.
According to an eyewitness: “The guy is a Keke driver and was the one that attracted the kids from school. He had just returned this evening to meet their house on fire. His wife and two kids were inside the burning home.
“He wanted to go inside if he can help rescue them but acquaintances held him down to allow firefighters and sympathisers to put off the flame.
“While the woman died inside the kitchen where she was said to be cooking, her children were burnt in the parlour.”
Occupants of the second flat, which was also razed down, were however lucky as the explosion occurred when they were out of their property.
The bodies of the deceased have been reportedly evacuated into the mortuary at the Ughelli Central Hospital by officials of the fire service.