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8-year old losses life in inferno

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AN INFERNO  at Ugwuaji Community in Enugu South Local Government Area, in Enugu State, has destroyed properties worth millions of naira and an eight-year-old girl has also lost her life.

  The Enugu State Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, Okwudili Ohaa has confirmed the incident in Enugu.

  Chief Ohaa revealed that the state fire responded promptly after receiving the alert about the inferno which started at about 8:30pm in the night within Umunnaugwu Quarters of the community.

  He further said that fire service men rescued the rest of the 10 rooms in the bungalow of about 14 rooms, adding that the inferno totally burnt down three of the rooms.

  “The timely intervention of our fire team and engines helped to rescue the remaining rooms in that bungalow.

  “However, before we could get to the scene, unfortunately, the fire had engulfed one of the rooms where a little girl was sleeping in.

  “So sad, we sympathise with family members of the deceased and pray God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.

  Grandfather of the deceased and landlord of the building, Mr Lazarus Anya-Anike, while speaking revealed that the fire was caused by candlelight used for reading by one of his grandchildren preparing for the secondary school common entrance examination.

  “My granddaughter, Ifunanya (8), who lost her life in the incident, was inside the room sleeping while other children fled when the fire started and they shouted for help as it was beyond their control.

  “The fire was put out by the intervention of fire servicemen who arrived at the scene.

“The fire service men’s intervention helped to stop the fire razing the entire building,” Anya-Anike revealed.

  He beckoned to the state government and public-spirited individuals to come to his family’s aid as the fire destroyed all his family belongings.

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