Lagos couple lose four children in midnight fire

A couple, Chukwudi Micheal and Bolani Micheal, are inconsolable after losing four children in a fire that destroyed their two-bedroom apartment on Tapa Road, Oke-Oko, Isawo, in the Ikorodu area of ​​Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro collected that the incident happened around 1pm on Sunday June 26, with one of the children, Jeremiah, 12, dying instantly.

The other three siblings: Prayer, 18; Trust in God, 14; and Ebube, 10, suffered severe burns and were rushed to hospital, where they died days later.

Our correspondent, who spoke to the family on Monday, learned that the husband and wife were sleeping in a separate bedroom with their eight-year-old surviving daughter, Esther.

The fire would have engulfed the room where the four boys slept.

The victims’ father, Chukwudi, said PUNCH Metro that he woke up to the cry of one of his children, who called for help.

He said: “After I woke up, I alerted some neighbors who helped me break the boys’ windows because their door was locked. We were able to save three of the boys from the fire, but one of them had already been burned alive. We immediately took them to the hospital with the help of a neighbor’s car, but eventually lost them.

The 46-year-old noted that men from the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service only came in the morning when the blaze was put out by neighbours.

However, state fire department public education officer Amodu Shakiru said the fire was put out by firefighters, adding that five people were rescued.

He said: “We rescued five people and recovered the burnt body of a teenager.

The couple noted that they did not know how the fire started, as anything that could start the fire had been extinguished.

Our correspondent observed that the husband and wife also suffered from varying degrees of burns, which they were treating at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

A pastor at the Covenant Light Church, Ikorodu, where the couple and their children worshipped, Ayoshanu Samuel, said PUNCH Metro that the victims had been buried.

He said the incident was reported to Owutu Police Station.

State Police Public Relations Officer Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the incident.

He said, “Yes, it happened. The incident is still under investigation.”

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