An inferno which its cause is yet unknown had destroyed two rooms apartment and everything therein belonging to one Mr. John Nwokwu on Saturday 22nd December, 2019 at Mbanefo Street in Abakaliki.
Narrating the incident, the victim, Mr. Nwokwu told us that on the fateful day, he was at his place of work and received a distress call indicating that their house was on fire.
He said that upon receiving the information, he rushed home only to discover that all his belongings ranging from his children’s official documents, wears, electronics and other household assets had been destroyed.
The main suspect of the cause of the problem he placed on electric power surge as according to him, there was no electric light before the incident while claiming that Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), Abakaliki, Business Unit had been in the habit of flashing light arbitrarily.
“In my family, we don’t use anything capable of causing fire outbreak as cooking gas, electric cooker, candle and water heater.
“Therefore, its cause can’t be nothing else than power fluctuation,” he said.
Mr. Nwokwu expressed worry over his children’s certificates which he said could not be retrieved and their homeless situation and as a result called on the good spirited individuals and government for help.
He thanked God as there was neither injury nor death recorded during the incident and as well appreciated some residents and sympathizers for their efforts at dousing the fire.
A resident, Mr Ezekiel Ude told us that before the problem was noticed through heavy smoke emerging from the locked apartment that the fire had gone far in damaging the man’s household assets.
He said that it was by the timely intervention of fire fighters that the whole building was salvaged while Mr Nwokwu had already lost everything in his rooms.
“When the sympathizers were battling with the inferno, someone else contacted the fire service men who came and put the situation under control
“If not for that their intervention, the entire building would have been gutted” he said
He therefore called on the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) over the victim’s plight so he could be assisted.
Mr. Ude further advised all to always adhere to the company’s instruction by switching off their electrical appliances before leaving their homes and to have fire fighters contact numbers handy.