Tragedy struck on Monday as Anthony Kwame, former aide-de-camp (ADC) to Fidelis Tapgun, governor of Plateau state, was killed in an inferno that gutted his residence in the Jenta-Adamu neighbourhood of Jos.
Also killed along with the retired Assistant Superintendent of Police were three of his children – Theresa and Kerry, and Emmanuel. Kwame’s wife, Charity and one of their daughter Evelyn were lucky, as they escaped with burns.
Terna Tyopev, spokesman of the police command confirmed the incident.
He said: “The deceased were burnt to ashes; what were taken to the mortuary of Plateau Specialist Hospital in Jos were just the skeletons”.
The cause of the fire was not known but neighbours said that the fire started around 1am.
“The fire started around 1am; that is all I am sure of,” Tina Fobur, a neighbour, said.
Kabala Bako, village head of Jenta-Adamu, whose residence shares a fence with that of the deceased, said that he rushed out of his house when he heard sounds of the fire.
“When Ì rushed out, I called out other neighbours and we tried to put out the fire, but it had already engulfed the entire house and there was nothing we could do about it,” he said.
“But we succeeded in making sure that that not so many houses in our area were affected. In spite of our efforts, some adjacent houses were affected but no life was lost.”
The two survivors are currently on admission at Plateau Specialist Hospital, writhing in severe pains.
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