A MOTHER and her three daughters were killed in a fire outbreak at a premises located in Red Bricks Quarters, along Maiduguri Road, Damaturu, Yobe State, yesterday morning.
The state fire service confirmed the incident in a statement on its Twitter handle.
According to Damaturu Fire Station Officer, Mr. Usman Habu, the inferno which occurred at about 11.00 am gutted down the victims who got trapped by metal protectors because their father was unable to break through the irons.
“We were informed about the fire incident at Red Bricks quarters, Maiduguri Road, Damaturu around 11.00 p.m. When we arrived at the scene, we learnt that the victims’ father, Malam Adamu Aliyu, had made efforts to rescue his family, but was only able to save his five-year-old son, Faruq Aliyu. The fire became too fierce and he could not save the rest of his family members, but he managed to jump out to safety. We forced open the door and recovered the woman’s corpse, as well as her three daughters,” Habu stated in the post.
Blaming the deaths on lack of back door or emergency exit route and storage of inflammable items at homes, Habu advised prospective tenants and home owners to always ensure that the property they intended to rent or build had a minimum of two entrances and to always switch off electric appliances after power outage when not at home.
A neighbour and friend to the family, Madam Binta Mohammed, gave the three girls’ names as Aisha, Saadatu and Safiya, adding that they were aged 10, eight and two years respectively.