A mother and three of her daughters were killed in a fire incident in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, on Tuesday.
This was confirmed by Usman Habu, Damaturu Fire Station Officer, in an interview on Wednesday.
According to Habu, the incident occurred at 11pm at Red Bricks Quarters, on Maiduguri Road in Damaturu.
“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 told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Habu blamed the deaths to lack of a back door to serve as an emergency exit.
He advised prospective tenants and homeowners to always ensure that the property they intended to rent or build had a minimum of two entrances.
“If there was an `escape door’, the man could have saved his family,’’ Habu said.
Dr Istifanus Dauda of Damaturu Specialist Hospital, who also confirmed the incident, said there was only one survivor of the incident.
“The report that I was given by the doctor on call last night was that there were people that lost their lives in the incident.
“According to the report, there was only one survivor in that family apart from the person that is currently on admission,’’ Dauda explained.