A building was completely razed down by fire in Makuye Street, in Alihagu, Agbor, in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta state on the 28th February, 2012. A nine years old boy was burnt to ashes and another occupant of the building was seriously injured by the fire.
Narrating the story of the incident to newsmen, Mr. Ikechukwu Egbon, said that the fire started between the 9 -10 pm when the power Holding company of Nigeria (PHCN) brought their light with high voltage.
He said that it was the people outside, that first saw the fire burning inside the building and raised alarm before the occupants ran out from the house.
Another eyewitness said it was after coming out that the occupants discovered that one of their children was missing, and the father, out of love and care, ran into the fire to rescue his son but was serious injured by the fire. The child was however burnt to ashes.
As at the time of filling this report, Mr. Omebere Egbon, had been rushed to the Catholic hospital for medical treatment. However, Ika Weekly reliably gathered that he has been taken again to an undisclosed hospital in Asaba for proper treatment.
A family member on behalf of Egbon family has pleaded to the government, corporate bodies, religions organizations and well meaning individuals to come to their aid and save the entire family from this big loss.
Property worth millions of naira was destroyed by the fire as all attempt to stop it proved abortive. The fire also entered into the near by building and damaged a small part of it. The fire was put out with the help of the young men around the area.
– EMEFIELE STREET INFERNO
In a related development, a building at 16 Emefiele Street in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, was on the 22nd of February 2012, razed down by fire between 11am and 12:00 noon.
The fire was said to have burnt down a provision store and all the valuables in a seating room in the building worth millions of naira.
Mr. Samson Okwuokenyen, the owner of the bungalow that was razed down by fire, in a melancholic tone, narrated the events to newsmen. According to him "I thank God for preserving me and my family, especially for causing us to escape the fire incidents in peace, without hurt or pain."
He noted that it was his eldest daughter, Sandra Okwuokenyen who at the early hours of that fateful morning, noticed that there was fire burning in their house, which she quickly reported to the father. And that enabled the entire family to run out from the house, before the fire escalated.
Speaking with Ika Weekly correspondent, Mrs. Augustina Okwuokenyen who said that the cause of the fire is still unknown to them, but said in all, she thank God for saving her life and that of her entire family.
– WIDOW RENDERED HOMLESS IN IDUMUESAH
The fire outbreak that occurred in the mourning of Thursday, March1, 2012 at Idumuesah in Ika North East local Government Area has rendered Mrs. Asriana Igbor homeless as all her belongings were all burnt to ashes.
It was indeed a sympathetic scenario to behold as sympathizers were at the home of victim consoling her on the incident.
According to Mrs. Asriana Igbon who lost her husband some years ago, the cause of the fire can not be ascertained. She noted that she left her home for the farm in the morning and only to return to hear that her house has been razed down by fire, destroying all her belongings.
Mrs. Igbon who lived in a mud house, appealed to both Federal and State Government as well as well- meaning Nigerians to come to her rescue as she has no one to help, saying that her children are students.