A mother, Mrs. Nseobong Uduak, has been killed alongside her three children in an explosion suspected to have been caused by adulterated kerosene in their home in the Eight Miles axis of Calabar, Cross River State.
The incident, which was said to have happened late Sunday, has caused scare as residents have expressed reservations over suspected adulterated kerosene in circulation.
An eyewitness said that the victims were confirmed dead at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital where their burnt bodies were taken to.
The source, who identified herself as Rachael Akpan, said the explosion took place at No. 124, Murtala Mohammed Highway, Ikot Omin in Eight Miles, Calabar.
She gave the names of two children as Miracle (10) and Silas (three), while that of a two-month-old baby, could not be ascertained.
The Punch learnt that the two-bedroom apartment occupied by the victims was razed and property worth millions of naira destroyed.
Akpan said the incident happened when one of the victims, Miracle, wanted to pour kerosene into a lantern on her mother’s instruction.
She said, “I was in my apartment when I heard something explode like bomb.
“When I rushed out, I saw my neighbour’s apartment up in smoke, which burst into uncontrollable flame within a twinkling of an eye.
“One of our neighbours said before the explosion, she heard the voice of the mother, Nseobong Uduak, telling her first son, Miracle, to fill the lantern with kerosene.
“All the neighbours tried to put out the fire to enable us to rescue the victims, but before we could do so, Silas and the baby have been burnt to death.
“Miracle and the mother were rushed to the UCTH but they both died. Some neighbours tried to call the state Fire Service but help never came.”