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Newborn escapes death, as fire destroys buildings in Rivers, Kwara


A three-month-old baby narrowly escaped death when a fire outbreak razed about 15 rooms of makeshift structures on Batcha Estate, along Timothy Lane in the Rumuola area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

This occurred barely 24-hours after a midnight inferno consumed goods and property worth millions of naira at the Timber Market in the Marine Base area of the metropolis

Eyewitnesses said the fire was caused by a food vendor who left her food on the fire.

A resident who gave his name as Michael narrated how he rescued his three-month-old baby after a neighbour alerted him.

“I rushed inside my house and took my baby immediately. I am homeless now. I don’t know where to start,” he said.

Meanwhile, a charcoal fire which was not properly put out has engulfed a restaurant at Owoniboys area on Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Ilorin, Kwara State, on Thursday night.

The state fire service in a statement by its Head of Media and Publicity, Hassan Adekunle, confirmed the incident.

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