Gist: Woman, four grandchildren burnt to death in Ondo


Tragedy struck in the riverine Biagbini community of Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State on Saturday morning as a 70-year-old woman, Mrs Moyo Jide, and her four grandchildren were reportedly killed in a fire incident.

Three persons were also on Saturday killed in an accident involving a truck and a motorcycle at the Onibukun area of Sango-Idiroko in the Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State.

In the Ondo fire accident, the names of the deceased grandchildren were given as Jennifer, three; Gbana, seven; Biddaddy, five and Wisdom, nine.

Two of the grandchildren had reportedly been living with the grandmother after the death of their father few years ago.

The cause of the inferno was yet uncertain but an eyewitness said the fire incident might have started from the kitchen of the deceased. He said apart from the death, many properties in the house were razed down by the fire.

A resident of the community, who craved anonymity said the fire started at about 12am on Saturday when the deceased were asleep.

He said, “Everybody in the community was awake in the middle of the night when the fire started but there was nothing we could do to rescue the victims. Everything in the house was destroyed.

“We are yet to know the cause of the fire but we suspect it could be cooking fire that was not properly put out in the kitchen that caused the inferno because we use firewood here and there is no electricity in the community.”

He added that the matter was immediately reported at the Arogbo Police Division while the corpses of the deceased had been deposited at a hospital.


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