Sunday, July 16 started as a regular day of worship and thanksgiving in Calabar but it became one for tears and sorrow.

Nine people died and several other persons sustained injuries in a fire outbreak that occurred at Linc Oil and Gas tank farm.

The State Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, confirmed the figure while speaking with newsmen at the scene of the incident.

“Up until now, nobody has come out to tell us that this is what caused the fire outbreak.

“’We have gone round, we have done what we can do but investigation will later reveal what actually led to the explosion.

“For now, nine people are confirmed dead and many others who sustained different burns are currently receiving treatment in one of the hospitals around town’’, he said.

Officials from the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), were on ground to assess the extent of damages caused by the explosion.

A NAN correspondent who went around the depot, said that the fire outbreak also affected the high tension cable which connected depot’s electricity transformer, while two vehicles and other important equipment were also burnt to ashes.

The Depot Manager refused to speak with newsmen, saying that he was not authorised to speak.

A staff of the depot, however, said that the fire outbreak occurred another staff was discharging the old products in the tanks to fill in the new consignment.

“As we speak right now, the vessel that brought in our new product is just by the port here.

“Some of our staff were discharging the old product from the tank with a view to bring in the new one when the fire outbreak occurred,” he said.