Gas explosion kills expatriate and two others at BUA cement plant – The Sun Nigeria

From Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto

A fire at the BUA Cement factory in Sokoto killed three people, including an expatriate, a source at the factory said.

The source who was before the incident said the explosion took place on Friday morning while a technical team was working on a leaking tank full of diesel.

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He said repairing the tank started a massive fire, which claimed the lives of all three people while around six others suffered varying degrees of injuries.

“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 injuries were now receiving medical treatment at a hospital.

Our correspondent who visited the scene was denied access because security agencies, including the police, blocked the road leading to the factory.

At the time of filing this report, there is no official statement from the company regarding the fire.

Efforts to reach the factory’s public relations officer, Sada Suleiman, were unsuccessful as calls and text messages to his mobile lines went unanswered.

However, Sokoto State Fire Department spokesman Bello Baban Addini confirmed the fire incident.

Addini, who could not confirm the cause of the outbreak, said it took the efforts of federal and state firefighters to bring the blaze raging through the plant under control.

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