Fire burnt a family of five to death on Wednesday at Mosan in Mosan Okunola Local Council Development Area, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
The victims were fast asleep when the incident happened in their three bedroom Boys Quarters bungalow located at 9, F Close, Mosan.
Among the victims of the fire disaster, P.M NEWS reliably gathered, was Chukwu Nwike, who sold female clothes at Yaba, his aunt and her three children.
Nwike was said to be living with the aunt while the husband of the deceased, a pastor, was said to be on a pastoral mission outside the state.
It was gathered that it took the combined efforts of Agege and Ikotun Fire Service men to put out the fire.
When the door of the bungalow was eventually broken after the fire was put out, the remains of Nwike was found close to the burglary proof with one of the kids clinging to it.
The remains of the victims have been removed and deposited in the mortuary.
It was gathered that their neighbours who occupy a four storey building inside the same compound with the deceased, did little or nothing to rescue them.
P.M.NEWS gathered that they were only calling the fire service men for assistance instead of breaking the bungalow’s door when the fire was burning the family who were shouting for help.
When our reporter visit the scene hours after it occurred, the neighbours had deserted the building while Nwike’s colleagues from Yaba market were seen around.
One of them told our correspondent: “ I’m not in the position to speak with you my brother. As you are seeing me, I am confused already. I only offered to lead the prayers for the dead out of inspiration.”
Others described Nwike as a nice and cool headed man who had no time for frivolities.
Some residents of the area who spoke with our correspondent said they could not fathom what caused the midnight inferno.
One of them told our correspondent that the fire disaster could not be ascribed to candle light, saying that there was electricity supply at the time it started.
According to her,”that bungalow has just one door which is just the front door. There was no exit door. Who knows maybe they could have escaped had it been there was an exit door.
“This is what I usually tell my husband, that he should never rent a one door apartment. There should always be an escape route,” she said.
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