How Family Of Five Died In Lagos Inferno

A family of five comprising a husband, Mr. Ignatius, his wife Hope and their three children, Chukwuka, nine, Nonso, seven and Ugochukwu, 6 were burnt to death in a fire incident that happened in Surulere on Thursday.

The shop, which they used as home on Ogunleye Street, off Adekunle Kuye, Surulere, Lagos was engulf with fire, killing the whole family.

Though the exact cause of the inferno is not yet known, eyewitnesses said that it started at about 2:38 am when the community suddenly erupted in loud noise of pain from the shop.

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“It was a horrible sight. We have to break the shop to see what was going on,” eyewitnesses said.

According to investigation, the husband rushed out of the fire immediately the door was broken and in a moment the wife also rushed out severely burnt.

However, the children were crying inside the fire for help and nobody could do anything. Moved by the cry of her children, the wife forced herself back to the fire with the intention of rescuing her children.

“She never came back. She died with the children while the husband was rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. He also died shortly after he arrived the emergency unit of the hospital,” findings revealed.

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It was discovered that three other shops were burnt down in the same place but with no trace of the causes.

A private guard in the area, Salisu Ibrahim said that the victims operated a laundry at the shop labelled B23.

He said that he heard a cry for help in the midnight and had to rush to the place along with some of his colleagues.

“When we got there, we met the husband rolling on ground seriously burnt and later the wife came out screaming. She later dashed in and never came out,” Ibrahim said.

Meanwhile the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu confirmed the incident, adding that the agency received a distress call but found out that the family had been burnt to death before the LASEMA team could arrive there.

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