Midnight Fire Kills A Grandmother And Her Four Grandchildren In Ondo State

A midnight fire killed a 70-year-old woman and her four grandchildren
at Biagbini community in Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State.  

The community woke up in the early hours of Saturday to an inferno
which engulfed the home of the septuagenarian, identified as Moyo Jide,
and her four grandchildren, but were unable to save them. The names of
the affected grandchildren were given as Jennifer, 3, Gbana,7, Bigdaddy,
5 and Wisdom, 9.  Two of the grandchildren were said to have been
living with the woman following the death of their father a few years
ago.  

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Though the cause of the inferno remaines uncertain, the Ondo State Government has ordered investigations into the incident.   

Police Public Relations Officer of the state, Femi Joseph, confirmed
the incident and said investigation had begun. “We are yet ascertain the
cause of the fire incident but we have commenced our investigation into
it”.

The Ondo State Government said it will investigate the incident
thoroughly irrespective of the action of the police. It also
commiserated with the people of Biagbini xommunity over the fire
incident which claimed five lives. “The incident is sad. It is
particularly pathetic that a 70-year woman and her four grandchildren
were victims of the inferno,” the Commissioner for Information and
Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said in a statement on Sunday. 

“The state government shares in this agonising moment that has
inflicted an indelible pain in the hearts of relations, friends and
acquaintances of the departed. Whether this incident was avoidable or
not, it has once again brought to the fore, the need for all to be
vigilant and mindful of our environment at all times.

“Against this backdrop, the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi
Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN while personally expressing condolence, has
ordered an unfettered investigation into the incident to unravel the
immediate and remote causes of the incident. This is however, without
prejudice to whatever step the Nigeria Police may have taken in response
to the fire outbreak. Clearly, there will be synergy and collaboration
in this regard”.

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