BY SUNNY A. DAVID / AWKA
A fire inferno saw three children narrowly escaped death when fire razed a 4-bedroom apartment in Ebe, Umuokpu Awka in Awka South local government area of Anambra state.
According to our correspondent, the kids, who were fast asleep when the incident occurred, were reportedly rescued by a 17-year old girl, Chinenye Igwedimma, said to be a cousin to the family.
The building located at No. 1 Ezingwu Street belonging to the family of staff of the Anambra Broadcasting Service, Awka, Blessing Uchendu, reportedly went up in flames while the occupants were away.
Property worth millions of naira, including academic certificates, were completely razed by the fire which engulfed the entire building, The Nation gathered.
Residents and sympathisers said the fire was caused by electrical malfunction as it started shortly after electricity was restored.
Narrating her ordeal, the rescuer, Igwedimma, said she had returned to the house to perform some chores when she met the roof of the building in flames.
“My first action was to pull out three kids who were sleeping in the already burning house.
“I quickly raised alarm for help as I was overwhelmed while trying to salvage few other items,” she said.
On her part, Blessing Uchendu, said she was at the ABS Corporate Headquarters when she got a call that the house was on flames.
She lamented; “I quickly rushed home only to find out that everything, including my academic certificate from primary school to university levels had been destroyed in the inferno.”
The eldest daughter of the family, Mrs. Uchenna Mmuo, said she was busy at her shop when she was alerted.
She appealed to government and spirited individuals to assist the family.
The fire was put off by a combined team of the Anambra State Fire Service, and good-hearted residents of the area, The Nation further learnt.
Deputy President General, Umuokpu Town Union, Mr Chika Nwuzor and Principal Fire Superintendent of the State Fire Service, Mr Emmanuel Nze, said it was difficult to trace the cause of the fire as no adult was at home when it began.