A fire has reportedly engulfed not less than 50 corpses and destroyed property at the mortuary of the General Hospital in Enugukwu in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra state.
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Graphic: 50 corpses burnt as fire guts mortuary in #Anambra . . The morgue of Enugwu-Ukwu general hospital has been gutted by fire and about 50 corpses burnt beyond recognition. . . The fire alleged started at about 3pm, on Saturday, and before the fire service could get there, the morgue had been completely razed down.
Naija news learnt people were seen in tears and mourning as the dead bodies were allegedly burnt beyond recognition in the fire which started at about 6pm on Saturday, December 29.
Families and relatives who deposited their loved ones were left in shock following the incident, which to many still remain a mystery as no explanations were given as to the cause of the inferno at the mortuary.
There were speculations that due to the harmattan period, the fire might have stemmed from a bush burning nearby and had grown extremely wild due to the chemicals used at the mortuary for the preservation of corpses.
A spokesperson for the police command, SP Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident and appealed to the people to remain calm, noting that investigations were already underway.
While admitting that the cause of the fire is still unknown, Haruna assured the people that the command will ensure that “No stone will be left unturned in order to unravel the mystery behind the incident whether it is natural or manmade.
Meanwhile, Anambra state Governor, Willie Obiano, has visited the scene of the Enugwukwu General Hospital Mortuary fire disaster to see things as they really are on the ground.He was accompanied by the state commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, senior police officers and other stakeholders.
The governor upon rounding off inspection of the site condoled with families affected and reassured them of his commitment to unravelling the mystery behind the fire outbreak. Obiano announced that a committee will be set up to look into the incident.