Three siblings were Monday burnt to death in an inferno which consumed 10 make-shift houses at Oroke Estate in Ovwian, Udu Council Area of Delta State.
According to an eyewitness, the source of the fire could not be ascertained, but it could be from candle light or generating sets as there was power outage at the time of the incident.
Source told Vanguard that the tragic incident occurred at about 9.43 p.m while both parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jakpor Emuruohwose and their eldest daughter, aged 11years, were away.
The victims, two boys and a girl, ages between 3 and 9.
The fire started from Emuruohwose’s side of the all zinc estate and the kids ran inside to the room as the fire was billowing, according to a source.
“Two of the kids died in the fire and the other one died in the hospital from severe burns. Property worth millions of Naira were destroyed in the fire.
“We made frantic efforts to quench the fire but it was beyond our power. By the time the fire service came, the havoc was already done and angry mob chased them away, pelting them with stones in anger.
“Out of fear, the fire service officials drove away as their vehicle windsreens were shattered. Maybe, they would have assisted but for the angry youths,” the source added.
The 38-year-old father of the victims, a graduate of Petroleum Training Institute, Mr. Emuruohwose, is a native of Okonohwoakpo-Egbo of Kokori Inland, Ethiope East Council Area of Delta State.