The Yobe State Fire Service has confirmed that a mother and her three daughters were killed in a fire on Tuesday night at Red Bricks Quarters, on Maiduguri road, Damaturu.
Damaturu Fire Station Officer Mr. Usman Habu, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday, said that the incident occurred at about 11pm.
“We were informed about the fire at Red Bricks quarters, Maiduguri road, Damaturu around 11pm.
” When we arrived on the scene, we learnt that the victims’ father, Malam Adamu Aliyu, had made efforts to rescue his family, but was only able to save his five-year-old son, Faruq Aliyu.
“The fire became too fierce and he could not save the rest of his family, but he managed to jump out to safety.
“We forced open the door and recovered the woman’s body, as well as her three daughters,” he said.
Habu attributed the deaths to lack of a back door to serve as an emergency exit.
He advised prospective tenants and homeowners to ensure that the property they intended to rent or build had a minimum of two entrances.
” If there was an `escape door’, the man could have saved his family,’’ Habu said.
The fire station officer appealed to residents to avoid keeping inflammable items in the home and switch off electric appliances after a power outage and when not at home.
Madam Binta Mohammed, one of the neighbours and a friend to the family, told NAN that the three girls, Aisha Aliyu, Saadatu Aliyu and Safiya Aliyu were aged 10, eight and two.
Dr Istifanus Dauda of Damaturu Specialist Hospital, who also confirmed the incident to NAN, said the boy was brought in with an inflamed bone and he was receiving medical attention at the hospital.
“The report given by the doctor on call last night was that there were people that lost their lives in the incident.
“According to the report, there was only one survivor in that family apart from the person that is on admission,’’ he said.