Hope James

Two children have been killed in a fire incident on Udo Imuk Street, in the Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

It was gathered that the minors, aged six and three, who were locked up in a room by their parents, were burnt beyond recognition in the inferno, which occurred around 7pm.

Some of the neighbours who witnessed the tragic incident, said they had no idea the kids were inside the room when they saw fire burning the room.

The father of the victims, Prince Ekpo, said, “I left my phone to illuminate the room for the children, hoping to return soon after my injection; my wife earlier went out to buy something.

“I came back and saw people gathered and discovered that my two children were burnt dead and we don’t know the source of the fire.”

Also, while speaking to journalists, the landlord, Bright Peter, said he the source of the fire was yet to be identified.

“We did not notice when the fire started; we only heard an explosion and while going to check, the fire had gutted the room and spread to our rooms and parlours; we tried to remove our property, but serious damage had been done already.

“We called people to help us to quench the fire and I told my brother that children were inside the room; but before we could get to them, they had been killed.”