Fire Outbreak In IDP Camp Kills Two Children

By Concise News Correspondent

File picture of fire outbreak courtesy AFP
File picture of fire outbreak courtesy AFP

Two children are said to have died in a fire incident that broke out in an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Jere Local Government of Borno State, Nigeria’s northeast region.

The camp is reported to be located in an area called Khurso Bashir, a few kilometers to Maiduguri, the state capital.

It was gathered that the settlement is one of the unofficial locations for displaced persons in the area.

Eyewitnesses revealed that the fire started on Friday afternoon, and it spread fast due to the dried stem used in erecting the tents.

No fewer than 400 families are said to have lost their homes to the flame before officials of the State Fire Service got to the scene to halt the spread.

It was learned, according to sources at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), that some of the IDPs are from Marte and Mafa areas of the state, while others are migrants from smaller villages and the state capital.

Meanwhile, survivors of the incident have blamed it on one of their fellow IDPs who was said to have been roasting groundnuts when the fierce wind blew embers from the fire she lit to the thatched shelters.

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