A police corporal, Jeremiah Yusuf, has lost four of his five children to fire outbreak which engulfed his residence as a result of the sudden restoration of light by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in Tudun Wada area of Gusau, Zamfara State.
The names of the deceased were Faith Yusuf (15), Emmanuel Yusuf (13), Angela Yusuf (10) and Favour Yusuf (7).
According to source who pleaded anonymity, PHCN restored light in the area around 1.00a.m. on Monday.
“When light was restored, it came in full current and as a result there was a spark. Then the spark continued for a few seconds and the next thing we saw was a thick smoke coming out of the building,” the source stated.
Sympathisers, who rushed to the scene of the incident with the aim of rescuing the children who had been trapped inside the house, became helpless as the fire raged. The children were burnt beyond recognition.
The source, however, told the Nigerian Tribune the police officer was able to escape with his three-year-old son. The boy, who sustained injuries, is currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau.
Findings also showed that four other houses in the same street were gutted by fire and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state police command, DSP Hassan Talba, confirmed the incident.