A pregnant woman and her two children were confirmed dead and others injured when a building was engulfed by fire in Angwan Biri, an outskirt of Minna, Niger State capital, on Monday, February 11.
According to reports, it was seen that the fire, which consumed the building of five rooms, resulted from high voltage after power was restored to the area by the electricity distribution company.
The pregnant woman who passed on was identified as Adama while the children were also identified as Tasleem and Tasalima respectively.
An eyewitness stated that the late pregnant woman must have been trapped with her two children in their apartment while they were sleeping.
Another eyewitness identified as Kabiru, said:
“When we heard the shout of ‘fire’ late in the night, neighbours rushed out to put out the fire and rescue the occupants, but we never knew that the pregnant woman and her children were already trapped. Before we could make our way to the other rooms, the intensity of the fire had gone beyond what we could face, hence the death of the three.”
The Public Relations Officer of Niger State Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA identified as Ibrahim Audu also confirmed the death of the pregnant woman and her two children.
Audu stated that NSEMA visited the scene to ascertain the extent of damage and that the Deputy Governor of the state identified as Alhaji Muhammed Ketso, has also commiserated with the victims and ordered that N1 million been sent to them while assessment should be done to know how to reconstruct the building that was burnt.
The Public Relations Officer of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, in Minna identified as Mallam Adamu Muhammed, when contacted stated that there was fire outbreak, but absolved AEDC from blame. Muhammed statement read:
“We are aware of the fire but it does not concern AEDC. There is nothing attached to the issue with AEDC. We call it domestic incident and it does not concern us he remarked.”