There was confusion in Delta State on Thursday after an explosion affected the Nigeria Gas Company pipeline at the Ugbokodo community near the Warri Refinery in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.
The incident, which local community sources told our correspondent occurred at about 4am on Thursday, forced residents of the community to scamper for safety in the bush when they discovered that the raging inferno was advancing towards their homes.
It was gathered that some residents, including children, who fled into the bush following the raging fire were still missing as at about 4:30pm when our correspondent was leaving the community to file this report.
The PUNCH learnt that the explosion was as a result of leakages from a gas pipeline in the community, which the community had allegedly reported to the management of the Nigeria Gas Company.
It took the combined efforts of the men of the fire services from NGC, Warri Refinery and other agencies to put off the fire about at about 8am.
So far, the authorities have not said that any life was lost in the incident.
Residents of the community who later protested the development accused the management of NGC of negligence, claiming that the community had reported the malfunctioning pipeline to NGC’s Ekpan-Warri office at some point.