Wednesday, 13 December 2017

News: Fire kills two children while mother buys sugar

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News: Fire kills two children while mother buys sugar
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Three- year- old Emmanuel Samson of Sosanya Street , Ifako, Gbagada , Lagos State , and his two months old sister , Rosemary Samson, have been burnt to death.

The victims were reportedly killed by a stove fire in their parents’ one -room apartment around 10pm on Monday .

It was learnt that their father , Otunimi Samson, had not returned from work at the time of the incident , while their mother , Mercy Samson, was said to have gone to buy sugar at a shop on the street .

Mercy reportedly locked up the children inside the room .
PUNCH Metro learnt that the woman, after buying the sugar , went to another shop to visit a friend for about 30 minutes .

It was gathered that she was at the shop when neighbours rushed to call her that the apartment was on fire .
Our correspondent was told that officials of the Lagos State Fire Service from the Ilupeju Fire Station joined the residents in putting out the fire .

PUNCH Metro , who visited the affected apartment on Tuesday, saw burnt clothes , a damaged stove and a burnt pot of rice .

The apartment was a makeshift plank structure attached to a building.
The parents were not on the ground while most of the neighbours had also gone to work on Tuesday

However, a neighbour, Kehinde Jay , said the incident was avoidable.
He said it was a resident who was returning from work that noticed smoke billowing from the apartment and raised the alarm.

Jay explained that residents rushed to rescue the children , adding that the door was locked . He said Emmanuel screamed for help as the fire raged.

Jay said , “ Iya Emmanuel ( Mercy ) went out to buy sugar and went to her friend in a shop on the street . A resident , who was returning from work , said he saw flames and heard Emmanuel screaming . He tried to open the door , but failed . He then came to call me and other neighbours.

“ When we got there , the fire had escalated and we could not open the door. I was outside when the woman was going out and I thought that she was back , not knowing that she was with her friend on the street .

Emmanuel tried to open the door, but the door was locked .

“ Her husband returned home drunk and for some time, he was not aware of the incident . It was later that he started lamenting the deaths. ”

Jay explained further that when Mercy returned , she said she was delayed where she went to buy the sugar .

He said , “ When the Divisional Police Officer of the Ifako station asked her why she did not go with the baby , she said she was not in a mood to answer any question . She later said it was the woman who sold sugar to her that delayed her. ”

Another resident , Remi Ladipo , said the couple “ disappeared ” from the area shortly after the incident.
“ Iya Emmanuel is in her early 20s .

Emmanuel was three -year -old , while his sister was just two months old , ” he added .

The Director , Lagos State Fire Service, Mr . Rasaq Fadipe, said a preliminary investigation indicated that the bed , on which the baby was laid , caught fire from a burning stove in the apartment .

Fadipe urged residents to avoid cooking near inflammable household items , noting that a distress call should be promptly put across to the agency whenever there was a fire incident.

He said , “ It was suspected that the mother was cooking in the house. The stove was close to the bed which was consumed by the fire . When a foam mattress goes up in flames , it is very injurious to health. The fumes it produces are very toxic. That could have led to inhalation of toxic fumes by the children.

“ People should stop cooking in living rooms . It is very dangerous . Even when you cook in a kitchen , make sure flammable materials are not close to the naked light . When you are cooking, you don’ t leave it unattended to . The mother of the deceased was not at home when the apartment was gutted by fire . ”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer , SP Chike Oti, said the corpses of the children had been deposited in a morgue .

“ Investigation is ongoing into the incident, ” he added .

Source : Punching.com

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