Welder hos­pi­talised af­ter fire ex­plo­sion at Zuba

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Emma Elekwa

A mid­dle-aged welder was al­most burnt to death Thurs­day, last week, while car­ry­ing out his job in his work­ing place at Zuba.

City News learnt from a fam­ily source that the vic­tim was weld­ing a leak­ing por­tion of a tank filled with diesel when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

“His Oga asked him to go and seal the leak­ing por­tion of the tank, with­out know­ing that the tank which was ini­tially empty had al­ready been filled with diesel,” the source said.

Ac­cord­ing to the source, im­me­di­ately the naked light from the weld­ing ma­chine had con­tact with the in­flammable con­tent in the tank, there was a sud­den ex­plo­sion which en­gulfed the man, leav­ing him se­verely burnt.

The source, how­ever, said that the vic­tim’s shout at­tracted the at­ten­tion of his col­leagues, who im­me­di­ately put out the fire with the help of fire ex­tin­guish­ers, and rushed him to the hospi­tal.

It was gath­ered that the vic­tim was taken to dif­fer­ent hos­pi­tals in Abuja be­fore get­ting to the Kubwa Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

The head, Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency unit of Kubwa Hospi­tal, Paul Olise, said the vic­tim was un­der­go­ing treat­ment at the hospi­tal.

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