The Department of Fire Service in Zamfara State on Wednesday confirmed the death of four children in a fire outbreak that occurred at Awala Filin-Jirgi in Gusau metropolis in the state.
Abdullahi Jibo, the Deputy Director Fire Prevention and Public Enlightenment, made the confirmation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gusau.
Jibo said the house affected by the fire belonged to a driver attached to the Government House, Gusau.
He said four children, comprising two boys and two girls, lost their lives in the incident, which occurred on Tuesday night.
He said: “We received distress calls from the area on the fire around 10pm.
“Before we got to the place, the fire had already taken over the house; we exhausted four water tankers to control the disaster.”
Jibo, who said the fire might have been caused by power surge, urged residents in the state to always comply with safety guidelines to forestall a recurrence of such outbreak.