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11 people badly burnt in Abuja restaurant gas explosion

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Eleven people were badly burnt in a gas explosion that occurred at Rosy Restaurant Area 11, Abuja. The victims suffered some 40 to 50 degree of burns.

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.

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.

Dr Aminu Mile, the Acting Managing Director, Health and Human Services Secretary (HHSS), Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) while on a visit to the victim, said the circumstances surrounding the explosion would be unravelled.

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.

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