There was commotion in Effurun/Sapele road in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State after a cooking gas plant located close to the Mega Parish of Redeemed Christian Church exploded.
According to report, the gas station identified as NELMIC Gas Plant, located opposite the Effurun Post Office, got aflamed at about 10:30pm on Monday night.
The cause of the fire explosion could not be immediately ascertained.
Witnesses stated that a thunderous sound heralded the fire explosion which destroyed the gas plant completely.
It was also gathered that the raging fire was fast spreading to neighbouring residential buildings and a popular church in the area, before the intervention of operatives from the fire service.
But the number of casualties could not yet be ascertained as it was gathered that unspecified number of persons were feared dead while several others sustained injuries from the fire explosion.
Of grave concern to residents is the apparent lack of fire service and other emergency services in the area, particularly given the proximity of the gas plant to residential areas and places of worship such as the Mega Parish of Redeemed Christian Church.
The situation remains fluid, with many individuals hoping for swift and effective intervention from the authorities to prevent further escalation.