Fire Roasts Family of Four in Taraba

Tragedy struck in Taraba State on Monday when a house located at Dinyavo area of Jalingo gutted fire, leading to the death of four persons from one family.
The deceased are Remond Ofonbuk, 44; his wife, Mfonbong Remond, Hevean Remond, 15, and First Remond, 13-year-old.
A source confirmed that the incident happened around 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 2, 2023.
He noted that the incident was possibly caused by a very high electric voltage, which ignited fire in the house.
Public Relations Officer of Taraba Police Command, Mr Abdullahi Usman, who confirmed the incident, said that it resulted from a power surge.
“At about 11:00 a.m. on Monday, we were reliably informed that a house located at Dinyavoh area of Jalingo was on fire.
“Detectives from GRA Police Division were quickly deployed to the scene and on arrival, found the four victims with burns suspected to be from electrocution.
“We received information indicating that immediately power was restored, the transformer serving the area blew up.
“We learnt that many houses within the neighbourhood experienced high electric voltage which might have led to the fire outbreak that inflicted burns on the victims,” he added.
Usman stated that the detectives quickly evacuated the victims to Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo for treatment but they were confirmed dead on arrival.
He hinted that the corpses were deposited at the hospital’s mortuary for autopsy while investigation had commenced to ascertain the real cause of the incident.

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