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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Fire Burns Mother, 5 Children To Death In Nigeria


A mother, Mrs Zuwaira Yakubu, and her five children were burnt to death in the early hours of Tuesday in Danbaba village, near Birnin Yero in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, northerwest Nigeria.
An eyewitness disclosed this on Wednesday when the Kaduna State Governor Mukhtar Yero paid a condolence visit to the bereaved family.
The father of the children, Imam Yakubu, was too distraught to speak.
The eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said that the fire occurred when Zuwaira carried a kerosene lantern close to a generator.
P.M.NEWS learnt that the 40-year old woman called her younger brother to start their generator Tuesday night after electricity supply was cut off, but slept off,  forgetting to switch off the generator that was kept just behind the room.

•Governor Mukhtar Yero at the home of the bereaved family in Kaduna
•Governor Mukhtar Yero at the home of the bereaved family in Kaduna
A close member of the family told P.M.NEWS on phone Thursday that the woman he claimed was his elder sister and all her five children must have been killed by the generator fume  before the fire outbreak that engulfed the house later.
“We noticed that the fire started at about 5am in the affected mud house in the village,” he siad
The family source, Mohammed Usman, also narrated that the Muslim dominated community woke up to prepare for the usual early morning prayers at the mosque, when they noticed black and thick smoke within the village.
According to him, an alarm was raised by some villagers who got to the scene of the affected house, but it was too late as all the six members of the family —  were already  dead after the door of the house was forced open.
The governor directed that the burnt house be rebuilt.
He also ordered that a well be provided for the family.
Yero told newsmen that the visit was to commiserate with the family and the people of the village on the “tragic” loss.
“I came here to commiserate and condole the man who lost his wife and five children to the fire accident on Tuesday.
“Kaduna State Government will rebuild the house that was burnt. Government will also dig a well for the family, Yero said.

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