A fire suspected to have been caused by electrical surge killed a family of five at about 2 am On Thursday in Aguda, Lagos.
The Punch reports that the fire started at a makeshift shop on Dipo Olubi Street, where the family resided and spread to three other adjoining shops.
The family also used the shop for laundry and selling confectionery.
Eyewitnesses said they heard an explosion from the family shop shortly after power was restored in the area.
The Chairman, Ogunseye Residents Association, Gbenga Orimolade, said his wife drew his attention to the incident some minutes after 2am.
He said the fire was extinguished at around 3 am by men of the Lagos State Fire Service who were assisted by residents.
“I came out immediately my wife woke me up. Other residents also came out and we tried to put out the fire.
“Firefighters responded about 20 minutes after the fire started to assist us. We could not rescue the mother and her children. The husband died in the afternoon at LASUTH.
“I don’t know what caused the fire, but it started 10 minutes after power was restored. The couple were from the East; we have been trying to reach their family.”
An eyewitness, who gave his name only as Chibuzor, said, “The fire was caused by electrical fault. The security men said they heard an explosion from the shop. It was very unfortunate. Hope was energetic and was the one making all the money for the family.”
Abiodun Adegoke, another resident, said the parent were burnt to death after they tried to rescued their children from the fire.
Adegoke said, “We could not salvage anything from the wreckage. I saw burnt flesh. I learnt that the couple had initially come out of the shop. The woman went back to save the children, but was burnt to death together with them. The husband also attempted to rescue them.
“She was intelligent and responsible. She just paid about N100,000 for the school fees of all the three children. It was very tragic.”