Two children burn to death in Akwa Ibom after being locked up by their parents

Two siblings, ages 6 and 3, were killed by fire on Udo Imuk Street in Akwa Ibom State's Eket Local Government Area.

It was gathered that the incident happened on Friday, December 30, about 7:00 p.m., when the children's parents shut them in their one-room apartment while they performed errands in the area.

On Saturday, December 31, a neighbor who spoke to newsmen at the scene said it was impossible to determine what started the fire.

No candles or gas cylinders, electrical connections, or other potential fire starters were present in the space.

Prince Ekpo, the victims' father, said that his wife had left earlier to go shopping in the area, so he left his phone in the room to provide light for his kids before going to get his injection.

"I came back and saw people crowded and discovered my two children were burnt dead and we don’t know the source of the fire," He said

The landlords, Bright and one Godwin Peter Udo Imuk, told newsmen that they don't know the source of the fire.

"We didn’t notice when the fire started, we only heard an explosive sound and while going to check, the fire had gutted the room and spread to our rooms and parlour, we tried to remove our properties, but serious damages had been done already," they said.

"We called people to come and help us to quench the fire and I told my brother that children were inside the room and before we went for their rescue the children were roasted dead, our properties damaged," they added.


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