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20 die at Illegal refinery in Bayelsa

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About 20 persons have died from a fire outbreak at an illegal refinery camp at Kolo Creek in the Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa state.

It was also gathered that other persons suffered varying degrees of injury during the inferno.

Security outfits directly in charge of checking illegal bunkering, pipeline vandalism and illegal refineries, were said to have had knowledge of the camp, but allegedly failed to halt its operation.

According to the Punch, the tragedy struck in the camp near the creeks of Ebelebiri and Otuogwe when it exploded on December 5, 2017 and went up in flames.

It was learnt that the ferocious fire spread quickly, consuming 20 persons in the camp. Three persons were said to have escaped the inferno by a whisker.

Community sources claimed that an attempt by a woman in the camp to cook noodles, using a stove, sparked the fire that caused the havoc.