- A gas explosion occurred at a restaurant in Abuja, causing 11 people to sustain various degrees of burns
- An attendant at the restaurant and one of the victims of the explosion said she was attending to her duty when the explosion rocked the premises
- The acting managing director, Health and Human Services, FCTA, while on a visit to the victims, said the circumstances surrounding the explosion would be unravelled
Eleven people on Wednesday, October 10, in Abuja suffered various degrees of burns from a gas explosion that occurred at Rosy Restaurant, Area 11.
The victims who were immediately taken to Asokoro General Hospital suffered some 40 to 50 degree of burns, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that a pregnant woman, who simply identified herself as Ajayi, who works at the restaurant, said that they were all going about their normal businesses when the gas suddenly exploded.
Ajayi, who is three month pregnant, said that she needed to go for scanning to ascertain the condition of her baby. The explosion affected her face, legs and hands. She was, however, attended to by the hospital management to know if she would be transferred to where she would be given a better treatment.
Rachael Awu, another attendant at the restaurant and one of the victims of the explosion, said she was attending to her duty when the explosion rocked the restaurant.
She said: “I was serving customers and I went to pack meal, as I looked back I just heard the explosion. The fire started from the back of the restaurant where one of the cylinders was stationed. I was facing outside and when I tried to look back, I saw fire from the explosion.
“One of the gas cylinder was stationed outside the restaurant in the open space, and there is another gas inside where we used to put meat.”
She said that the gas cylinder outside was the one that aided the fire which ignited the gas cylinder inside the restaurant.
Another victim, who simply identified himself as Promise, said that the explosion was sudden; adding that he was attending to customers when he heard a loud noise. Promise suffered some degrees of injuries on his two hands and a partial burn on his face.
He said: “I went to carry sachet water when the gas exploded; as I turned back the fire was already burning my hands.”
Rose Kenu, a worker at the restaurant whose face was affected by the explosion, said what happened was beyond explanation.
She said: “I was in the restaurant when the gas exploded. We were cooking inside the restaurant because that is where the kitchen is located."
Dr Aminu Mile, the acting managing director, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), while on a visit to the victims, said the circumstances surrounding the explosion would be unravelled.
He said that the HHSS was already doing his own part to help victims of the explosion, adding that everything would be done to help the victims.
Dr Nnabuchi Chidi, acting managing director, Asokoro Hospital, said that the hospital would refer some of the victims to the National Hospital. He said that 11 of them were brought to the hospital and the hospital would do everything to ensure they are stabilised.
In a similar development, Legit.ng previously reported that a gas explosion occurred at the Second Coming Gas Plant located on Magodo road, Lagos state.
Men of the Federal Fire Service were on ground to battle the fire and motorists were diverted to an alternative route.
The fire spread to the building beside the plant and there were reports that at least 10 people lost their lives, while several others sustained injuries.
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