Five members of a family including a pregnant woman were on Thursday night killed in a fire incident at Malamre area of Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
The deceased family members who belong to the family of Mallam Abdullahi Umar include a pregnant woman, her three children and her sister but the head of the family Mallam Umar was lucky to escape the incident because he was on admission in a hospital in Yola.
A neighbour to the deceased family, Pastor Solomom Durkwa whose house was also razed down by the inferno but escaped with his family said the incident happened at about 10:30pm on that fateful Thursday after he has gone to sleep.
“The fire started at about 10:30pm on Thursday after I have gone to sleep. I was awaken by my son who alerted me that fire has engulfed the house of my neighbour and I and other neighbours all came out to put out the fire.
Initially we thought members of Abdullahi Umar’s family were not around as they usually go out to see him at the hospital in the night. Our belief that they are not around was reinforced after calls for them were not answered.
It was after the fire was put out that we discovered their bodies,” Durkwa said.
Durkwa said the fire incident might have been caused by the control switch of the house noting that whenever light is restored, the switch always sparks.
“There was a time the control switch sparked off igniting fire which consumed part of the ceiling and we have to make concerted effort to put the fire off. I think the same problem may have caused Thursday’s inferno,” he said.
Lamenting the situation further Durkwa noted that even though he and his family members have escaped the incident unscathed, he lost all he struggled for to the fire incident.