February 8, 2023
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Victims of the fire incident that occurred on December 24 in Iva Valley, Enugu North Local Government Area are calling the public for help.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who visited the crime scene on December 27 reports that the fire destroyed more than 10 houses in a suburb of Vally Road I, Iva Valley just hours before Christmas, leaving 10 families on were looking for shelter in nearby houses.

The fire has also left the residents of the affected buildings homeless and they are currently wondering whether help will be forthcoming.

Some victims who spoke to reporters on Tuesday said the blaze started around 11:15 p.m. Saturday and all efforts to control the inferno failed.

They also said they had spent nights at their friends’ and neighbors’ homes since the incident.

One of the victims, Mr. Afam Ogbu, who confirmed the incident, said he came back from the shift on Saturday night and noticed something smelling in one of the rooms and asked the son to check what was going on.

He added that while trying to figure out what the problem was, he saw fire everywhere that overwhelmed them and engulfed the whole house.

According to him, all their possessions, including the little money he had saved to buy something for his family for Christmas, were burned, while miscreants made matters worse by looting some during the fire.

While explaining that no life was lost in the incident, Ogbu appealed to the relevant government agencies and wealthy citizens to come to their aid as they had been sleeping from one house to another.

He said the entire property was lost to the fire before firefighters could save them.

Another victim, Mr. Anthony Ogbu, Catechist of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Parish, Iva Vally, Enugu, said he lost all his belongings in the fire.

“I am stunned, I don’t know what to say because the same day the incident happened, I just came back from church, took off my clothes because I was very hungry.

“Looking for a place to get something to eat, people were screaming, so when I ran outside and got closer to my house, I saw that the fire was circulating everywhere.

“There was no way I could enter my house, everything in my house was burned,” he said.

Miss Florence Ikeoluwapo, recounting her ordeal, said she had been squatting with her friend ever since and had not taken a bath.

Ms. Cecilia Akubuihe, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, said she came back from the market and went to take a shower, but was called to leave the room that there was a fire everywhere. (NAN)

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