The lifeless bodies of five persons who got drowned while fleeing for safety on Friday evening when the gas section of Matrix Tank Farm at Ifiekporo in Warri, Delta State was gutted by fire have been recovered.
The bodies of the deceased persons were recovered on Sunday afternoon along the bank of Warri river and their identities yet to be ascertained.
Sources say they were among those who were scampering for safety when the gas section of the tank farm went up in flames.
It was learnt that the deceased were outside the Matrix Tank Farm premises when the explosion occurred and got drowned while fleeing for safety.
The corpses of the deceased were said to have been deposited at a morgue in Warri on Sunday .
A delegation of the Delta State government in its preliminary report had on Saturday disclosed that no death was recorded by the company while confirming that 12 persons were injured and now receiving treatment at the Ogiame Ikenwoli Hospital, Ubeji.
When contacted on Sunday, Matrix Group Head of Safety, Mr. Fred Olomuro confirmed that five persons who drowned while fleeing for safety had been recovered.
“Today (Sunday) afternoon, local divers from our host community recovered five lifeless bodies that drowned probably while fleeing for safety during the fire incident on Friday. Where they died is some distance from the scene of the fire.
“Most offices had closed for business on that fateful day. Their bodies were recovered along the bank of the river away from our premises where the incident occurred.
“We’re greatly pained by the loss of these victims. We are already in touch with the family of the victims. We commiserate with the families on this unfortunate incident,” Olomuro stated.