A newborn baby has been burnt to death in a fire that occurred in Rafin Zurfi area of Bauchi metropolis.
On that fateful day Edmond Chukwu and his wife went to church leaving one-month-old Mirabel and 3 of their children under one of the realtive's supervision in Arewa House.
According to a tenant, the fire started at about 7:45 pm on Monday in Edmond’s apartment where three little children were playing with a candle and one of them bumped into it without realising the damage.
According to witnesses, unknown to Suzan who was outside cooking, the candle became an object for the kids to play with.
She called out to one of them and he left the younger ones inside not knowing that he had knocked down the candle from its stand unto the pillow that resulted to the fire incident that consumed the whole building.
Later Suzan opened the door and saw the half of the room was already engulfed with fire with her siblings trapped inside the room.
She raised an alarm that brought the neighbours running with buckets of water and sand to put out the fire but the fire spread to other rooms.
One of the neighnbours, Aminu Micah, said that Edmond’s children were rescued, but nobody told the team of rescuers that there was a baby in the room.
The woman narrated that she brought out two children alive and one woman assisted her to bring the third child out, but they did not know there was one more baby inside.
In his version of the incident, Edmond, a father of six, said that at the time of rescuing the children, the neighbours did not know the baby was in the room sleeping.
Edmond said the baby Mirable was brougth to his wife by her sister who went to get travelled in search of job.
Efforts to get the mother of Mirable to talk failed as the father of the dead baby said that his wife was too traumatised by the death of their baby and would not want to talk.
However, a tenant who ask for anonymity said Mirable’s mother was negligent.
“How could a mother leave a one month old baby to another woman?
To me it is gross negligence and she needs to be arrested.
There is a lot of information we are not getting on this whole drama yet.
So there is something fishing.”