On Friday, a family of 15 survived being burned to death in a fire that overtook a building in Ikpoba hamlet, along Benin-Agbor Road, in Edo State’s Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area.
Ibude Kelly described how they escaped by saying a relative knocked on his house to inform him of the fire.
He said although he was able to escape with his children and grandchildren, who were visiting, he could not salvage any of his belongings.
“You can see for yourself my brother, I was unable to escape with any of my property apart from my family members. We were very lucky, fifteen of us were in the building including my grandchildren.
“I’m empty right now, my properties are all gone, where do I start from,” he said.
“It was one of my relatives that notified me that fire was burning in our building, if not, it would have been a different case. If not for my relative who came knocking at my door, it would have been so horrible. God averted the disaster.”
According to an eyewitness, who spoke to DAILYPOST, the inferno which occurred around 1am started from a set of shops.
“Oga this fire is unimaginable, this is a physical handiwork of people that are naturally designed for evil assignment and they have done their worst,” he said.
One of the shop owners, Mr Kadiri said he received a call around 3am notifying him that his shop was on fire but there was nothing he could do.
“The fire extended to this next building but it was officers from the fire service that saved the situation. Otherwise this building would have been down like this very one by now,” he said.
“Thank God for the officers of the Edo State Fire Service, they tried their best. Our goods worth millions of naira went down the drain just like that. The course of the fire is unknown because, as at the time of the incident there was no light.”