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Woman, 3 relatives die as fire guts building in Kano

A 60-year-old woman identified as Hajia Amina Usman, and three of her relatives died from a fire accident in the metropolitan area of Kano State.

The fire consumed their building where large quantities of petroleum products were stored.

Executive Director, Kano State Fire Service, Alhaji Mohammed M. Rilwanu said the tragedy occurred Wednesday morning about 10.30pm in Tudun Murtala area of the metropolis.

He said the victims included a woman, her child Wuzilla Usman, a 7-year-old relative, Mukthar Uzairu and two others whose names and correct identities were yet to be confirmed.

“On arrival, the officer in charge was informed that five people were trapped at the scene of the blaze”, he said.

“And in line with our profession, we commenced efforts to secure the victims while the officer in charge requested for an ambulance to convey them to the Murtala Muhammad Specialists Hospital in the state.

“One of the victim was unconscious while others were confirmed dead.”

Rilwan appealed to members of the public to desist from storing petroleum products in their homes because of the high risk involved.

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