Pandemonium electrified the mood of residents in Igbudu in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta after two children reportedly lost their lives to a fire outbreak.
NAN reports that the fire which destroyed properties worth millions of Naira, started at about 2 am.
One-year-old Wealth Enorke and four-year-old Kesiena Lucky, said to be children of two sisters, Elohor Lucky and Ufuoma lost their lives in the inferno.
Eyewitness account said the incident might have been caused by a lighted candle allegedly put by the grandmother of the deceased children.
Account further suggest that the grandmother of the children who is a kerosene dealer might have bought adulterated kerosene that might have fueled the inferno.
It was learnt that the woman succeeded in rescuing four of the children in her custody before she raised the alarm that attracted their neighbours.
The fire, according to the eyewitness account engulfed the victims before help could get to them.
Speaking on the incident, Lucky’s mother said that she left their apartment at about 1 a.m. for one Mama Sola’s apartment before she was alerted about the fire.
“I later left Mama Sola’s apartment for Tuwere place and while I was still there, a neighbour alerted me about the incident at about 2 a.m.
“Before I got there, everything had been razed down completely,” said Elohor, who was reported to be a single mother.
Mr Mohammed Muatafa, the Commissioner of Police in the state, while confirming the incident described it as unfortunate.
“It’s true. It is an unfortunate incident. Two children, one-year-and-four-month with four-year-old died in the fire,” he said.