Two kids identified as Suraiya, 7, and Habib, 9, got burnt to death after a mysterious fire incident gutted an apartment in Anguwar Dawaki area of Suleja, Niger state.
It was learnt that the father of the two children, Alhassan Jibirin Yanji, who sustained degrees of burns while attempting to rescue them, was still receiving treatment at a hospital in Suleja.
One Bashir Ibrahim, a resident, who spoke to Daily Trust, said the incident happened in the early hours of Friday, April 2, at about 3am.
He stated that the two children were sleeping in their room, while their father was sleeping in his bedroom, when he woke up to find out that the entire building was filled with thick smoke.
“Strangely, there was no electricity in the entire Dawaki area as of the time the fire incident happened so one was yet to know the cause of the fire.” the resident said, adding that no valuables were retrieved from the house and the victims’ mother was not at home.
Alhaji Abdullahi Maje, Chaiman of Suleja local government council, who confirmed the fire incident said investigation was ongoing to ascertain the cause of the outbreak.
Meanwhile, the remains of the two children were buried according to Islamic rites on Friday morning.
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