Fire Outbreak in Ibadan Claims 2 Lives


Oct 6, 2011 –  2 sisters, Barakat and Bukola were burnt to death in a fire out break that engulfed a 10 rooms bungalow building at Akin-tola-Ekotedo, Oyo State on Tuesday night.

The Oyo state police spokesman, Femi Okan-Lawon, confirmed the incident, adding that investigations into the cause of the fire were ongoing.

Eyewitnesses said the inferno started at about 10 in the night from the room occupied by the deceased and their elder brother Ahmed Ojo who was not around during the incident, adding that the children were already asleep before the fire broke out.

The neighbours said they were alerted when the girls started screaming for help but it was however unfortunately as all effort to break into their room were unsuccessful, adding that no one could get close as a result of the intensity of the fire, adding that they went further to call Fire service to come to their rescue only to later find out they couldn’t locate the house because it was built without a layout.

According to Ojo, his sisters were at the shop with him, adding that he asked them to go home after they complained of hunger while he went to get Indomie noodles for them to eat. He said he was surprised when he got home and fond out that the house had been engulfed by fire with the bodies of his sisters burnt beyond recognition.

“I thought my sisters had escaped from the fire when I did not hear any cry from within the house but after the fire was eventually put out, I used a torchlight to check the ruins, only to behold the charred remains of my sisters in our rooms,” Ojo said.