By Muhammad Nasir Bashir
An 83-year-old woman, Malama Sa’adatu Isyaku, was on Saturday killed by burning fire wood kept in her room to keep warm,
Mr. Abdu Jinjiri, the spokesman for the Police Command in Jigawa, said the fire wood spilled wild fire at about 4:50 am in her room in Dutse, Jigawa state.
He said the police suspected the fire may have escalated by the burning fire wood kept by the deceased to keep her room warm.
“Today the Police received report that a burning fire wood was kept inside the room of one Sa’adatu Isyaku aged 83 of Kwajala village in Dutse LGA.
“She kept the fire wood burning in order to keep the room warm.
“And as result, she was engulfed by the fire, burnt and died on the spot,” Jinjiri said.
He explained that the police took the corpse to the hospital where she was confirmed dead.
The spokesman added that the remains of the deceased have been handed over to her relatives for burial.
Jinjiri advised people against indiscriminate and careless use of fire, particularly during the dry season.
Early morning fire on Monday destroyed 36 houses, 46 silos and killed 40 goats and sheep in Abanderi village in the same local government area.
Friday night also gutted three duplexes on 34 Road, B Close of Gowon Estate, Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Egbada but there was no casualty.
An eyewitness, who spoke to NAN, said that the fire was first noticed at about 7.15pm in one of the duplexes before spreading to others.
He said that an occupant in one of duplexes, who had just returned, opened the door and met the raging fire, immediately raised an alarm which attracted neighbours and sympathisers.
According to the witness, the bewildered occupant’s action quickly attracted more sympathisers’ who ran helter-skelter in assisting to put-off the fire, but their efforts were not enough.
But the arrival and efforts of a combined team of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and State Fire Service officials to the scene helped to quench the fire.
Some of the residents, who also spoke to NAN, commended the early arrival of the LASEMA personnel, saying that they got to the scene 30 minutes after being called.
“They came with five trucks, all with sufficient water that tackled the inferno before it was finally put-off,’’ the Community Development Association (CDA) Chairman, Mr Nathanel Okoro, said.
He also praised the DPO of the Gowon Estate Police Station, Mr Adeniyi Adedeji, for personally leading his team to the scene to provide security.
“Although the LASEMA official did not know the location of the fire incident if not for the assistance of the police who escorted them,’’ he said.
A LASEMA officer, who identified himself as Mr Olaolu Odufuwa, told NAN that the cause of the fire could not be ascertained immediately.
The estate had also recorded a late night inferno on Nov. 28, 2017, which gutted five of eight shops attached to a Union Bank building on 411 Road Junction. (NAN)