Midnight fire raise down house with occupants in anambra

A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The PUNCH that the mother had locked the three children in a room and lit a candle before she left with the lover.

He said, “ The woman is a teacher . She left with her lover to a nearby hotel that night.

“The three children were locked up in a room and they got burnt beyond recognition in the inferno believed to have been caused by a lit candle .

“The children were aged 5, 4 and 2 years respectively.

“She has been arrested by the police for investigation . ”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state , Haruna Mohammed , confirmed the incident in a statement.

He, however, did not say anything about the arrest but said the victims sustained varying degrees of burns and all died on the spot while property worth millions of Naira were destroyed .

He said, “Following the distress call, Police patrol team led by the DPO rushed to the scene , cordoned off the area and the fire was put off by local volunteers before the arrival of firefighters .

“The victims were photographed and corpses buried, according to their customs .”