It was a tragic Christmas day for residents of No 27 Mabel Street, off Etete road and its environs in Benin City, the Edo state capital, as their belongings were razed by fire.
The Nation reports that a family of three died in the fire incident that began at about 2am on Christmas day.
Witnesses said the family was consumed by the fire before help could get to them.
Landlord of the house, Egberamwen Nosakhare said the fire started at 2am after he saw smoke emitting from one of the tenant’s room.
He said: “I forced the door opened and saw flames of fire from the gas cooker and there was nothing I could do. I was helpless and could not go in. The family died in the inferno.”
A tenant, Osayande Joseph said she ran into her room to pick up her child and ran through the back door into the bush because there was flame everywhere.
Another eyewitness, Okhuoghae Osawaru, said: “The affected family was inside the house when the fire started.
“The man is a hardworking man. He just returned from outstation to perhaps celebrate Christmas with his wife and baby.
“The guy is hardworking, humble and nice. It was a pity for it to happen on Christmas day.”
Meanwhile, properties worth several millions of naira were reportedly destroyed in the Abule Egba area of Lagos state on Wednesday, December 19, as fire from a petroleum products pipeline engulfed the area.
The affected streets were Arowolo, Shobowale, Iyalode Abule-Egba, Taiwo Adewole, Adepegba, Wamon Taofeek, Santos and Owode.
The explosion was as a result of the activities of suspected petroleum products’ thieves from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)’s pipeline in the Arowolo area.
According to The Punch, a total of 63 vehicles, 98 shops, four tricycles, six houses and one church were counted to have been razed by the fire, which reportedly began around 2am.
It was gathered that the rescue teams that responded to the incident included the Lagos State Fire Service, the state police command, Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Lagos State Emergency Ambulance Service and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency.
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