Pregnant woman, son & 2 others killed in Bayelsa inferno

Date: 29-11-2010 5:38 pm (10 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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- at 29-11-2010 05:38 PM (10 years ago)
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It was all tears Monday at the Onopa suburb of Yenagoa the Bayelsa State when the charred remains of a pregnant woman and her three year old son were evacuated from the scene of Sunday night inferno in which two other persons reportedly from injuries sustained at the hospital.


No fewer than fifty buildings mostly shanties were razed down with properties worth several millions of naira destroyed.

Most of the families that were displaced by the inferno which swept through the densely populated settlement Sunday night could not salvage anything from their homes as they were left with the clothes on them.

Charred remain of burnt structures in Yenagoa inferno

The tragic inferno occurred in the densely populated slum Sunday night between 7.30 and 8pm

The deceased pregnant woman identified as Mrs. Benita Olotu and her three year old son Paul were reportedly sleeping in their room ostensibly due to tiredness as she was said to have just returned from Delta State where she had gone to bury her mother.

It was, however, the believe of many that the deceased woman and her son might have been trapped inside their apartment by smoke due to the congested nature of the sprawling slum which was completely razed down by the inferno..

Vanguard gathered that men of the State Fire Service, who raced to the scene could not contain the raging inferno as their truck had no water, a development that angered sympathizers who thronged the scene to assist the shop owners to salvage what they could of their wares.

Eyewitnesses told Vanguard that the inferno started from the room of a lady simply identified as Tari, who deals in adulterated kerosene.

It was learnt that trouble started when the said lady wanted to refuel a running generator shortly after power outage in the neighbourhood without switching it off.

The generator according to sources exploded. The lady reportedly rescued her son and fled the burning room without raising any alarm to draw the attention of other neighbours who could have assisted in battling the inferno and prevented it from spreading to other surrounding shanties.

There was little or nothing neighbours and sympathizers could do when they noticed the raging fire which was fast spreading and engulfed the entire settlement.

The supermarkets and other big retail outlets in front of the sprawling shanties were not spared as they were completely razed down.

A lady who gave her name as Charity John, clad in a wrapper, who lost the sum of N280,000 allegedly withdrew weekend from the bank for business transaction added that all she could salvage from her apartment was her handset while another victim, Corporal Arikpo Efut said, “I lost all my properties to the inferno.”

Governor Timipre Sylva who visited the scene of the incident expressed sadness over the development and assured the victims of government assistance.

He asked for the compilation of the list of the victims for government to provide needed assistance to mitigate their sufferings.

Chief Sylva said the government would acquire the plots of land for construction of modern structures even as he blamed the magnitude of destruction on the violation of planning rules on the part of the landlords making it difficult for fire fighters to access the area.

As at press time some residence who had nothing on them were seen begging sympathizers to assist them with money to buy food.


Posted: at 29-11-2010 05:38 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
- yettyness at 29-11-2010 06:36 PM (10 years ago)
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Really sad...
Posted: at 29-11-2010 06:36 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kenyawest at 29-11-2010 06:50 PM (10 years ago)
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heart breaking this news.  May those that died RIP.  May those that lost everything or a injured prayerfully get the needed help.
Posted: at 29-11-2010 06:50 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- 4kasibe247 at 29-11-2010 06:52 PM (10 years ago)
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rip
Posted: at 29-11-2010 06:52 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- moniconyez at 29-11-2010 06:56 PM (10 years ago)
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I Sympertized with the victims. R.I.P.........
Posted: at 29-11-2010 06:56 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- ikennand at 29-11-2010 07:14 PM (10 years ago)
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R.I.P, may ALMIGHTY GOD continue to protect us AMEN!
Posted: at 29-11-2010 07:14 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- LEONE at 29-11-2010 07:23 PM (10 years ago)
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R I P
Posted: at 29-11-2010 07:23 PM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- wowolarry at 29-11-2010 07:59 PM (10 years ago)
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How Sad!
Posted: at 29-11-2010 07:59 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- pat4ego at 29-11-2010 10:58 PM (10 years ago)
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Where is Timaya?  Another song 4 u. So sad.
Posted: at 29-11-2010 10:58 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- nice9ija at 29-11-2010 11:11 PM (10 years ago)
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R I P
Posted: at 29-11-2010 11:11 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kebella at 29-11-2010 11:19 PM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: pat4ego on 29-11-2010 10:58 PM
Where is Timaya?  Another song 4 u. So sad.

nuffin goes 4 nuffin.  vert sad news. rest in the bossom of the Lord :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad

Posted: at 29-11-2010 11:19 PM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- johnnjasi at 29-11-2010 11:22 PM (10 years ago)
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So sad. may their soul rest in piece...
Posted: at 29-11-2010 11:22 PM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- dollar22 at 29-11-2010 11:59 PM (10 years ago)
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sad story sorry 4d hb RIP
Posted: at 29-11-2010 11:59 PM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- raytina at 30-11-2010 07:41 AM (10 years ago)
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MAY THE SOUL OF ALL THE PEOPLE DIED IN THE FIRE REST IN THE PERFECT PEACE AMEN!
Posted: at 30-11-2010 07:41 AM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- Pepesy at 30-11-2010 08:05 AM (10 years ago)
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My condelence to the victims/deceased RIP
Posted: at 30-11-2010 08:05 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Renewed at 30-11-2010 08:27 AM (10 years ago)
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Painful and very pathetic...May the Good Lord, in His infinite mercies, grant the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the loss...Amen.

Posted: at 30-11-2010 08:27 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- slabyman at 30-11-2010 08:29 AM (10 years ago)
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Such is life, may there departed souls rest in the bossom of the lord!
Posted: at 30-11-2010 08:29 AM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- sixtyhoneyy at 30-11-2010 09:03 AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: Pepesy on 30-11-2010 08:05 AM
My condelence to the victims/deceased RIP
amen
Posted: at 30-11-2010 09:03 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- sixtyhoneyy at 30-11-2010 09:12 AM (10 years ago)
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my tears we never bring them back to life but what we i offer than to say rest in peace,
Posted: at 30-11-2010 09:12 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- eshieet at 30-11-2010 09:31 AM (10 years ago)
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rest in perfect peace my belove brother & sisthers in lord, we shall meet again.
Posted: at 30-11-2010 09:31 AM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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