Tragedy struck in the household of Jeremiah Yusuf, a police corporal, as he lost four children in a fire incident at Tudun-wada Quarters of Gusau, Zamfara state capital, on Wednesday.
The bereaved father told the News Agency of Nigeria at a neighbour’s house where he was receiving sympathisers that, “I watched all my children burn helplessly before me and I could not do anything to save them.”
Yusuf explained how his sister-in-law, at about 1am, rushed into his bedroom shouting that the four-bedroom apartment was on fire.
“When I woke up I noticed that even the mattress that I was lying on had also caught fire and that was when I thought of my children, who were all sleeping in the same room,’’ he said.
The Corporal revealed as the ceiling of the house caved in even before he could rescue his children, killing them in the process. He said that his wife had travelled to Benue state with his last son, adding that she has been informed of the unfortunate incident.
Alhaji Hassan Atto, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), while sympathizing with Yusuf during a condolence visit, urged him to consider the tragedy as an act of God.
Atto promised that the State Government would assist him to cushion the effects of the loss.
The SSG said the government would reposition the Fire Service to meet eventualities, especially “as we enter into harmattan.”
Meanwhile, Mr Usman Gwary, the Commissioner of Police in the state and the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Tudun-wada Police Station, Abubakar Shika, had also paid their condolence visits on the bereaved corporal.