A gas explosion that occurred at Rosy Restaurant Area 11 on Wednesday in Abuja, has left 8 persons with varying degrees of burnt.
A pregnant woman who works for the restaurant, who identified herself as Ajayi said that they were going about their normal duties when the explosion happened in the earlier hours of the day.
NAN reports that the explosion affected her face, legs and hands.
According to reports, other victims of the explosion, who were immediately taken to Asokoro general hospital suffered some 40 to 50 degree of burns.
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
“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.”
According to Awu, the fire was initially ignited by the gas cylinder outside the restaurant, while the one inside also caught the fire from the explosion outside.
Rose Kenu, a worker at the restaurant whose face was affected by the explosion, said what happened was beyond explanation.
“I was in the restaurant when the gas exploded, we were cooking inside the restaurant because that is where the kitchen is located.”
The Acting managing Director, Asokoro Hospital, Dr Nnabuchi Chidi, 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.
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 uncovered.