Gas explosion kills expatriate and 2 others at BUA cement factory
Since Tunde OmolehinSokoto
A A fire at the BUA Cement Company factory in Sokoto has killed three people, including an expatriate, a source at the factory has hinted.
The source, who was aware of the incident, said the explosion took place on Friday morning as a technical crew was working on a tank full of leaking diesel.
He said repairing the tank started a massive fire that claimed the lives of all three people while around six others were injured to varying degrees.
“Engineers were working on a faulty tank filled with diesel when the fire broke out. An expatriate and two workers trapped in the tank could not be rescued.
He further explained that six people who suffered varying degrees of injury are currently receiving medical treatment at the hospital.
When the Sunday Sun team arrived at the scene, they were denied access as security agencies, including the police, blocked the road leading to the factory.
At the time of filing this report, there was no official statement from the company regarding the fire.
Efforts to reach the plant’s public relations officer, Sada Suleiman, were unsuccessful as calls and text messages sent to his cell lines went unanswered.
However, Sokoto Bello State Fire Department spokesman Baban Addini confirmed the fire incident.
Addini, who could not confirm the cause of the outbreak, said it took both federal and state firefighter efforts to bring the blaze raging through the plant under control.